Dr. John Blevins
SLS Chief Engineer
Dr. John Blevins is the Chief Engineer for NASA’s Space Launch System Program, managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He helps direct the SLS Engineering efforts and oversees the SLS Chief Engineers Office.
Prior to this assignment, Dr. Blevins served as the SLS Deputy Chief Engineer. He previously served as Technical Assistant in the Structural Design and Analysis Division in the Spacecraft & Vehicle Systems Department, where he was the Aerodynamics sub-discipline lead for SLS, the lead for the SLS Buffet and Vibroacoustics Resolution Task Teams, and the SLS Alternate Discipline Lead Engineer for Structures and Environments.
His other work since coming to Marshall in 1999 include propulsion researcher and principal investigator as well as a combustion devices engineer before becoming a team lead in Aerodynamics. On a detail assignment, he served as Aerosciences Branch Chief in 2016.
Before his work at NASA, Dr. Blevins gained industry experience at Honda of America Manufacturing, and Sverdrup Technology Group (now Jacobs Engineering). He is both an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a licensed Professional Engineer. He is also an experienced pilot with airline transport pilot and flight instructor ratings.
Dr. Blevins earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, and attained both a Master of Science Degree and a Doctorate in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Space Science – Big Rockets
Originally aired: May 22, 2023