Public Figure Profiles

Gene Porter Bridwell

Gene Porter Bridwell was the seventh director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, Alabama. He served as director from January 6, 1994 to February 3, 1996.

Before becoming director of the Marshall Center, G.P. (Porter) Bridwell served as manager of the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Definition Office, where he supervised efforts involving the proposed vehicle's design, development, and integration. He also served on special assignment with the Space Station Redesign Team and later the U.S./Russian Space Station Integration Team. Previously, he served as manager of the Shuttle Projects Office. There he managed the Shuttle's propulsion elements, including the Space Shuttle Main Engine, External Tank, Redesigned Solid Rocket Motor, Solid Rocket Booster, Advanced Solid Rocket Motor, and related systems and activities, including the Michoud Assembly Facility.

Bridwell was born in Linton, Indiana, on October 4, 1935 and graduated from State High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1953. He earned a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1958 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He began his professional career as an engineer with Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, California. He joined the Marshall Center in 1962, and his early experience included assignments within the former Saturn Systems Office and Saturn V Program Office. In 1975, he transferred to the Shuttle Projects Office and served in key positions including chief of the Project Engineering Office, and deputy manager of the External Tank Project. In February 1983, he was appointed manager of the External Tank Project.

In the spring of 1987, he served temporarily as acting deputy center director of National Space Technology Laboratories in Mississippi. He was appointed director of institutional and program support at the Marshall Center in October 1988, and assumed the position of manager, Shuttle Projects Office, in May 1989.

In January 1990, Bridwell became the director of National Launch Systems for NASA Headquarters, co-located at the Marshall Center. In February 1992, he was officially transferred back to the Marshall Center from headquarters, where he assumed his post as manager of the Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle Definition Office.

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Some of their strengths

Gene Porter Bridwell has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intuitive, Artistic, Inquisitive, Practical, Diplomatic, Hardworking, and Reliable.

Intelligent and Inquisitive

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Gene Porter Bridwell is someone who is an intelligent, inquisitive, and imaginative person, who is practical, considerate, kind, and diplomatic in dealings with others. A person who seems to identify with family, heritage and ancestry.

Soulful and Intuitive

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Gene Porter Bridwell well know them as someone who can be graceful, romantic, and reserved, like gentle rain.

Inventive and Clever

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Gene Porter Bridwell as someone who is flexible, intelligent, and quick-witted.

A person who likes to be creative, and to be recognized for their artistic talents. Who possesses intelligence, mental discipline, and ambition, and who does well in relationships and partnerships.

Inquisitive and Progressive

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Gene Porter Bridwell is someone who is an eternal student who is always interested in learning new things, and who has a desire to shake things up and change things.

They are also someone who is intuitive, imaginative, and an agent of change, and who is always dreaming of life's great possibilities and partnering with people to try to achieve those possibilities.

Justice-seeking and Peaceful

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Gene Porter Bridwell tends to be someone who loves peace and is ready to go to any costs to achieve it. Who has a taste for the good things in life, tends to be a good organizer, has a thirst for knowledge, and who tends to have the respect of friends and acquaintances.

Some of Gene Porter Bridwell's challenges

While Gene Porter Bridwell has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Gene Porter Bridwell can be Stubborn, Hesitant, Narcissistic, Suspicious, Emotional, Standoffish, and Unfocused.

Hesitant and Narcissistic

One of Gene Porter Bridwell's key challenges is that they are someone who can be hesitant and narcissistic.

Gene Porter Bridwell must also exercise caution as they can have a hard time reconciling wants and needs.

Unfocused and Indecisive

Gene Porter Bridwell is someone who can be scattered, restless, and insensitive, be distracted by fluctuating professional interests, be a workaholic, and who can be arrogant and have difficulty accepting advice.

Pleasure-seeking and Indecisive

Finally, Gene Porter Bridwell also can put others first too much, and hem-and-haw too much when making a decision.

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