Jim Reuter

Official portrait of Jim Reuter, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

James L. Reuter began serving as the Acting Associate Administrator within the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in February 2018. In this capacity, Reuter provides executive leadership and management of the technology programs within STMD, with an annual investment value of over $600 million. He is responsible for budget planning and allocation of resources, and serves as the final decisional authority for project content, ensuring that technology investments align with the NASA Strategic Plan and Roadmaps.

Reuter was the Deputy Associate Administrator from August 2015 to February 2018. Prior to this role, Reuter served as the Senior Executive for Technical Integration in the Center Director’s Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center from 2009-2015. He was responsible for technical oversight of development initiatives, providing strategic leadership and expert counsel on concerns related to the management of critical technology and integration activities. Additionally, Reuter served as the Exploration Systems Division (ESD) Standing Review Board Chair, responsible for overseeing development activities of the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Ground Systems Development and Operations Programs, and the ESD integration activities. He also led the Asteroid Redirect Mission Integration mission concept review and the early planning activities to develop a national rocket propulsion strategy across multiple Agency, industry and academic participants.

Previously, Reuter served in many managerial roles at Marshall, in the Ares Projects Office, the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office, and the Space Shuttle External Tank Project Office. In 2002, he was assigned to a detail at NASA Headquarters in the Space Transportation Technology Division in the Office of Aerospace Technology. From 1994 to 2001, he was manager of the Environmental Control and Life Support System Project for the International Space Station at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Reuter began his NASA career in 1983 as an aerospace engineer in the Structures and Propulsion Laboratory in Marshall’s Science and Engineering Directorate.

Reuter has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has received numerous NASA awards and honors, including a 2016 Outstanding Leadership Medal, 2013 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, a 2008 NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, a 2002 NASA Exceptional Service Medal, a 1998 Silver Snoopy Award and a 1993 Space Station Award of Merit.

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