"The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate has announced the appointment of Dan Dumbacher as acting deputy associate administrator.
Dumbacher is director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he leads an organization of 1,400 civil servants and 1,200 contractors responsible for the design, test, evaluation and operation of hardware and software associated with space transportation systems and science instruments. He has also served as deputy director for the Ares Projects Office at Marshall and in the Safety and Mission Assurance Office at the center. He has served in numerous other capacities at Marshall in the Engineering Directorate and the Space Shuttle Program."
- Dan Dumbacher Named Director of Engineering Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center - May 21, 2007, NASA
- NASA Engineer, Indiana Native Dan Dumbacher Helps Lead Development of Ares Launch Vehicles - October 10, 2006, SpaceRef
- When Failure Means Success: Accepting Risk in Aerospace Projects - NASA Project Management Challenge 2009, Daniel L. Dumbacher, Director, Christopher E. Singer, Deputy Director, NASA (PDF)
Frank's note: Consider the implications to the culture of MSFC if a decision is made to scrap Ares. How will management retool after basically putting their credibility on the line? Who will have to go-and who will replace them-if either DIRECT or an EELV-variant is chosen to replace Ares? I'm sure, with the Augustine panel now getting underway-the prospect of this result is being discussed-and worried over, too.