John Vickers has been appointed to the senior level position of senior leader for Advanced and In-Space Manufacturing Capabilities in the Materials and Processes Laboratory at Marshall Space Flight Center.

Vickers will be responsible for stewardship of the center’s and NASA’s crucial crosscutting capabilities for advanced and in-space manufacturing and will lead NASA’s advanced manufacturing strategic technology development planning. 

He joined Marshall in 1989 as a senior engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory. He has since served in positions of increasing scope and technical authority. In 2003, Vickers was named assistant manager of the Materials and Processes Laboratory and manager of the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility.

From 2016 to his present assignment, Vickers concurrently worked as principal technologist for the areas of advanced materials and manufacturing in the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters, associate director of Marshall’s Materials and Processes Laboratory, and NCAM manager. In addition, he was NASA’s representative to the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing and the Subcommittee on Critical Minerals.

Prior to his NASA career, Vickers worked with Thiokol Corp. of Ogden, Utah, in 1982, where he was responsible for materials properties testing for rocket and missile propulsion systems.

A native of Arab, Vickers received a bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has received numerous awards, including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, Marshall Director’s commendation awards, Marshall Engineering Director’s award, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Holger Toftoy Award. He was also elected to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers College of Fellows.

Vickers and his wife, Lisa, have four children, four grandchildren, and reside in Arab.

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