NASA Engineering and Safety Center
The NESC was formed to respond to the observations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) that NASA's current safety organization lacks adequate technical expertise and resources for independent technical reviews of NASA's programs. The NESC is comprised of the best engineering expertise from across the Agency and also includes partnerships with other government organizations, National Laboratories, universities, and expert consultants. The country's best experts are brought to bear on the problems and challenges of NASA programs. The objective of the NESC is to improve safety by performing various independent technical assessements, which includes the testing, analysis, and evaluation to determine appropriate preventive and corrective actions for recognized problems, trends or issues within NASA programs.
The NESC Management Office is located at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, but the NESC has technical resources at all 10 NASA Centers and Headquarters, as well as partnerships with academia, industry, and other Government organizations. These technical resources are pooled to perform NESC activities and services. Each center has a Chief Engineer who is the focal point for all NESC activities and support at that Center.
Rather than relieving NASA program managers from their responsibility for safety, the NESC complements the programs by providing an independent technical review with adequate technical expertise and funding. Additionally, the NESC provides a centralized location for the management of independent engineering assessment by expert personnel and state of the art tools and methods for the purspose of assuring safety. The NESC is staffed with highly-respected scientists and engineers from NASA, Contractors, Academia, and Industry who are considered to be top experts in their fields. This workforce is distributed across NASA's Centers but is centrally managed and funded, through the Office of the Chief Engineer and supplemented by partnerships from across the Nation.
For more information please visit the NESC Website, or feel free to e-mail any questions you may have to Lloyd Keith at JPL.