Nicole Smith is the Senior Project Manager for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) testing at Plum Brook Station at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. Prior to that, she was the Aerospace and Manufacturing Legislative Fellow for Senator Sherrod Brown (OH). She was the project lead for the in-house engineering work on the Space Environment Test Project, and was the Systems Engineering and Integration Lead for the Orion Service Module. Previously, she was the Electrical Power Systems Integration Engineer for the International Space Station (ISS) Program Office at the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, during which time she was the project lead for coordinating the jettison of the Floating Potential Probe in November 2005 (the first-ever planned U.S. jettison from the ISS), for which she won the ISS Vehicle Office Distinguished Performance Award. She also managed the planning, procedures, safety analysis, and training for “Remove and Replace” of critical ISS equipment via stage Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) in contingency scenarios, for which she won the 2007 NASA JSC Center Director’s Commendation. Nicole previously worked in the ISS Training Division, where she was the lead Systems Instructor for Assembly Flight 13A and integration of the Russian Segment simulator, and also worked extensively with the cooperative education and mentoring programs. Prior to that, she was employed by Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems, where her background included work in Computational Fluid Dynamics, aerothermal analysis, hypervelocity impact studies, and orbital debris analysis. Ms. Smith served on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Board of Directors from 2004-2006, when she was appointed the first-ever Young Professional liaison to the Board. In addition, she has been awarded the AIAA Lawrence Sperry Award (2006), the Sustained Service Award (2004), and Special Service Citation (2000) for her contributions to the Aerospace profession, and is an Associate Fellow. She sits on the Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council at Miami University, and is an Ohio Space Grant Consortium Fellow. Nicole is a member of the Junior League of Cleveland, where she is on the State Public Affairs Committee (focus issue: kids aging out of foster care), has ridden several MS 150 bike rides to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research, and was ‘The NASA Lady’ at the Urban Community School in the Ohio City \/ Near West area of Cleveland. Nicole earned two bachelor degrees from Miami University in 1997 in Mathematics and Statistics, and Aeronautics. She received a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2005.
Nicole Smith is currently a project manager for the Orion Crew and Service Module project at NASA PLum Brook Station. From her beginnings as an Electrical Systems Power Integrator for NASA, Nicole has held a wide variety of jobs within NASA throughout her career
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