Bob Jacobs

NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe today named Theron M. Bradley Jr. as the

agency’s Chief Engineer, responsible for the overall review and technical

readiness of all NASA programs.

Bradley, 55, is a former nuclear engineer for the U.S. Navy, serving in the

Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. He has also served as a civilian with the

U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense in numerous leadership

and management positions with the Office of Naval Reactors, both in Washington

and in the Idaho branch.

“As this agency explores next-generation technology and propulsion

alternatives, it’s important to have someone who can provide an independent

technical review of our programs and projects,” said Administrator O’Keefe.

“Theron’s impressive credentials as a technical designer and engineer will be

instrumental in evaluating the development success and safety of our future


Reporting directly to the Administrator, Bradley will ensure development

efforts and mission operations are being planned and conducted on a sound

engineering basis and will provide an integrated focus for agency-wide

engineering policies, standards and practices.

During his Navy career, Bradley served as Director, Submarine Systems, for the

Trident submarine program and was instrumental in the initial design of the

nuclear propulsion plant for Nimitz class aircraft carriers and the advanced

reactor design for Los Angeles class submarines.

Since 1982, he has served the Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion as a field

representative and manager of the branch office in Idaho, in charge of nuclear


Bradley will join NASA June 15.