Title: Aerospace Engineering Manager
Company: NASA, Johnson Space Center
Location: Friendswood, Texas, United States
Robert Wren, Aerospace Engineering Manager for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aerospace engineering.
Mr. Wren, registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Texas in 1956. In 1957, he took a position as structural test engineer for General Dynamics. He went on to earn a Master of Science in civil engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1962, and transitioned to a position with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, then named the Manned Spacecraft Center, where he worked on the Apollo 8 lunar mission. Mr. Wren worked as a senior structural dynamics engineer, manager of the vibration and acoustic test facility, head of experimental dynamics, and finally as manager of the Apollo Spacecraft 2TV-1 CSM Test Program and Apollo Lunar Module-2 Drop Test Program between 1962 and 1968.
After the Apollo 8 mission, Mr. Wren continued to work for the Johnson Space Center as manager of structural design for the space station, space base, lunar base, and mars mission. From 1972 to 1984, he was the manager of the structural division of space shuttle payload systems. In 1984, he became manager of the engineering directorate for space shuttle payload safety, and a member of the space shuttle payload safety review panel. In 1990, he became the alternate chairman for the space shuttle payload safety review panel, and in 1995, he became the engineering director for vehicle and payload flight system safety, where he remained until 2000. With his colleagues, Mr. Wren played a major role in pioneering manned spacecraft systems.
In addition to his work as an aerospace engineer for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Mr. Wren was a member of the NASA International Space Station Flight System Safety Panel from 1994 to 2000. From 2000 to 2003, he was the director of safety and mission assurance for the International Space Station Program Office in the United Space Alliance Headquarters, and he continues to serve as a consultant to this day. For his excellence as an engineer, Mr. Wren was recognized with several awards throughout his career, including the NASA Outstanding Service Award, the NASA Group Achievement Award, the NASA Sustained Superior Performance Award, and a personal Letter of Commendation from George Low regarding the Apollo program.
Mr. Wren is a member of the Space Center Rotary, and has held various positions within the organization, including director, treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president. He has served as area coordinator, zone leader, governor’s aide, chairman of the district assembly, and he co-founded the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement in 1984. He also co-founded the Rotary World Health Foundation of Plastic Surgery for Children in 1985, the Rotary Space Memorial Foundation in 1986, and the Space Center Rotary Endowment Foundation in 1987. As a testament to his success and legacy as an aerospace engineer, Mr. Wren has been included in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.
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