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  • Gene Porter Bridwell was the seventh Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, Alabama. He served as Director from January 6, 1994 to February 3, 1996. Before becoming Director of the Marshall Center, G.P. Bridwell served as Manager of the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Definition Office, where he supervised efforts involving the proposed vehicle's design, development, and integration. He also served on special assignment with the Space Station Redesign Team and later the U.S./Russian Space Station Integration Team. Previously, he served as Manager of the Shuttle Projects Office. There he managed the Shuttle's propulsion elements, including the Space Shuttle Main Engine, External Tank, Redesigned Solid Rocket Motor, Solid Rocket Booster, Advanced Solid Rocket Motor, and related systems and activities, including the Michoud Assembly Facility. Bridwell was born in Linton, Indiana, on October 4, 1935 and graduated from State High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1953. He earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1958 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

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