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NASA's Marshall center honors Decatur woman with equality award

HUNTSVILLE — NASA engineer Jody A. Singer, a Decatur resident and Hartselle native, has been named Women's Equality Day Supervisor of the Year.

Team Redstone Federal Women's Program, which includes the Army garrison at Redstone Arsenal and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, presented the award.

Singer, who manages the Reusable Solid Rocket Booster Project in the Marshall Center's Space Shuttle Propulsion Office, was nominated for her leadership and professionalism throughout her NASA career.

Singer, who has held her current position since 2002, is the first female project manager in the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office. She oversees 74 civil servants and more than 2,000 contractors, ensuring the space shuttle's solid rocket boosters are prepared for flight.

She also is in charge of guaranteeing the safety and viability of the shuttle's solid rocket motors.

Singer joined NASA in 1985 as an engineer in the professional intern program. She moved to the Space Shuttle Projects Office in 1986 to evaluate and track contractor hardware deliveries on the Space Shuttle Main Engine Project.

In 1990, she was named the program business manager for the Space Shuttle External Tank Project. She became assistant manager of that project in 1996 and deputy in 1998, and was promoted to deputy of the propulsion office in 2000.

Singer graduated from The University of Alabama in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering.

Singer and her husband have three children.

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