Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Mr. Patrick Scheuermann, is Geocent's Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), located in Geocent's Huntsville, AL office. He is known for his ability to solve problems and successfully implement programs that many people would have seen as being to difficult to tackle.
In November 2015, Mr. Scheuermann retired after 27 years with NASA. He joined NASA in 1988 as a propulsion test engineer at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, shortly after graduating from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Mechanical Engineering. He supported the testing of a developmental spacecraft propulsion system for NASA's Advanced Launch System/National Launch System programs. In addition, he served in other engineering lead and management roles.
Mr. Scheuermann became the project manager at Stennis for NASA's Reusable Launch Vehicle program and project manager for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program working closely with the U.S. Air Force. From 1991 to 1994 at Stennis, Mr. Scheuermann was the project manager for the National Aerospace Plane project. This project was a joint effort by NASA, the Department of Defense, and industry to research and demonstrate hypersonic technologies for development of a single-stage-to-orbit vehicle.
In addition, from 1998 to 2000, Mr. Scheuermann participated in the Congressional Fellowship Program, serving in Washington D.C. as a legislative fellow for the U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi.
From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Scheuermann was chief operating officer of NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, where he was responsible for day-to-day management and operation, and led the facility's recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Scheuermann served as Director of Stennis where he implemented the agency's mission in the area of rocket propulsion testing; developed and maintained NASA's world-class rocket propulsion test facilities; and ensured Stennis continued to serve as the systems engineering center for the agency's applied science activities.
In September 2012 to his retirement in November 2015, Mr. Scheuermann was Director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He was head of one of NASA's largest field installations, with nearly 6,000 on- and near-site civil service and contractor employees both at Marshall and at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. He provided oversight to the broad range of propulsion, scientific, and space transportation activities contributing to the nation's current space program.
During his NASA career, Mr. Scheuermann received numerous awards and honors. In 2006, he received NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal for leading recovery efforts at Michoud following Hurricane Katrina. He successfully completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program in 2005. He received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal in 2001, cited for demonstrating substantial improvement in engineering, aeronautics, spaceflight, and space-related endeavors. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001 from the University of New Orleans. In 1998, he was a finalist in NASA's astronaut candidate selection program.