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Mike Allen has been named deputy manager of the Technology
Evaluation Department within the Space Transportation Directorate
at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Allen will be in charge of the day-to-day activities at Marshall’s
propulsion test area.

Previously manager for the X-34 test vehicle project, Allen’s 14-year
career at Marshall includes serving as both deputy project manager
and project manager for the X-34 rocket plane test vehicle —
designed to demonstrate key technologies, including propulsion, to
achieve NASA’s goal of lowering the cost of access to space.

Allen also worked in the Space Shuttle Main Engine and Solid
Rocket Booster project offices.

He also represented Marshall’s Space Shuttle Program Office at
NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., supporting the associate
administrator for space flight.

Allen earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at
Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and his master’s in business
from Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala.

Allen, his wife Tammy and their three children reside in Arab, Ala.