Julie Bilbrey has been named deputy director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center, pending approval by the Office of Personnel Management. Bilbrey will be jointly responsible for planning and directing the center’s safety, reliability, and quality engineering and assurance operations.
Bilbrey’s new position is part of the Senior Executive Service – the personnel system covering top managerial positions in federal agencies.
Since 2009, Bilbrey has held multiple leadership positions in the directorate, including chief of the Program Analysis and Systems Integration Branch, manager of the Mission Systems Assurance and Technical Support Department and, currently, manager of the Vehicle Systems Department. She recently completed a temporary assignment as acting deputy manager of Marshall’s Science and Technology Office.
In 2005, Bilbrey was named associate manager of the Science & Mission Systems Office, where she also held the position of chief operating officer of the National Space Science and Technology Center. The previous two years, she was technical assistant to the director of the Space Systems Programs/Projects Office. In 2003, Bilbrey was an International Space Station payload operations director, where she managed and directed both mission preparation and real-time space station payload operations.
From 1998-2002, Bilbrey was lead of the Flight Training Integration Team, Training and Crew Operations Group, within the Flight Projects Directorate. She joined Marshall in 1987 and spent the first 11 years of her career in Spacelab mission operations, where she trained payload flight crews and ground support personnel while serving in various flight controller positions.
Bilbrey holds a bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from Georgia Tech. She has received numerous awards, including a Silver Snoopy, Space Flight Awareness Honoree award, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and two Center Director’s Commendations.