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Ron Dittemore

Ron D. Dittemore, born April 13, 1952 in Cooperstown, NY.

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Education

Ron Dittemore graduated from Medical Lake High School, Medical Lake(Washington) in 1970. He received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering(University of Washington, 1974) and a master's degree in the same subjects one year later.

Career

Before joining NASA at Johnson Space Center(JSC) in 1977, Ron Dittemore worked as a turboprop/turbofan engine development engineer in Arizona. While at JSC, Dittemore has held serveral positions, including flight director[?] on 11 shuttle missions, deputy assistant director of the Space Station Program and manager of Space Shuttle Program Integration. He has held his current position, manager of the Space Shuttle Program, since 1999.

Current Occupation

As shuttle program manager[?] Ron Dittemore takes part in the decision, wether to send a shuttle into orbit or not. His office is responsible for functions at JSC, Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center[?] and Stennis Space Center[?] -- with a small support function at NASA headquaters. His job is to make sure that all the mechanical systems are in working order and safe enough to warrant a mission into space.

Personal

Ron Dittemore is married to Shirley Ann Seibolts. They have two children.



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