Chris Cianciola (Civil Engineering)

Chris Cianciola has been named to the Senior Executive Service position of Space Launch System chief safety officer in Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. As the SLS chief safety officer, he will be responsible for managing and directing the safety program and mission and product assurance activities for the SLS Program.

In 2011, Cianciola established and managed the Exploration and Space Transportation Development Office, where he was responsible for managing Marshall's activities in support of multiple Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate programs. From 2010 to 2011, he served as deputy manager of the Shuttle External Tank Project, jointly responsible for leading the final phase of operations, successful and safe completion of the Space Shuttle Program and transition to the post-shuttle period.

Cianciola earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Mississippi in Oxford and a master’s degree in administrative science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Silver Achievement Medal, Exceptional Achievement Medal, Space Flight Honoree Award, Director’s Commendation and Silver Snoopy.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Cianciola and his wife, Lanell, live in Huntsville and have two children.