James D. Lloyd
Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (Ret.)
James D. Lloyd retired from federal service and NASA as of January 1, 2010 after 40 years.
Since 2002, Mr. Lloyd has served the Agency as the Deputy Chief for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance and, with the Chief, assures the existence of an all-encompassing program providing leadership, policy direction, functional oversight, assessment and coordination for the safety, reliability and quality assurance functions within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Mr. Lloyd began his Federal government career as a U. S. Army Materiel Command safety engineering intern at the Red River Army Depot in Texarkana TX and after graduating from Texas A and M University with an advanced engineering degree he began his first career assignment as a Safety Engineer with the U. S. Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis, MO. A subordinate command of the U. S. Army Materiel Command, AVSCOM was responsible for the logistics management and research and development of rotary wing (and at the time) fixed wing aircraft in the U. S. Army inventory. During his tenure, Mr. Lloyd developed the system safety engineering program for the AVSCOM and assisted in writing the system specifications for the Advanced Attack Helicopter (AAH) (later dubbed the Apache (AH-56)) and the Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter System (UTTAS) (later dubbed the Blackhawk (UH-60)). Both of these systems exist today as front-line weapon systems for the U. S. Army and a safety improvement over the fleet aircraft that these airframes replaced.
Mr. Lloyd transferred to Headquarters, U. S. Army Materiel Command, Alexandria, VA in 1973 where he held a variety of positions over the next 6 years. He was a principal safety engineer during this tenure for the headquarters. He established policy and program guidance for the Army Materiel Command's System Safety Program. During this period there were great strides taken by the command in developing processes and techniques for implementing proactive safety analysis efforts for weapon systems varying from individual soldier's equipment to complex systems utilizing laser ranging and hypervelocity impact projectiles such as the M-1 Abrams tank. He was also the Army's technical expert for range safety guidelines for firing ammunition and missiles at training sites world-wide. In his last assignment at this location he was Chief, Program Evaluation and was responsible for assuring the adequacy of safety programs for Army Materiel Command organizations world-wide.
In 1979, Mr. Lloyd was assigned as the Director, U. S. Army Materiel Command Field Safety Activity, a field-operating element located in Charlestown, IN. At this location, he directed the efforts of 30 professional safety engineers and specialists performing safety engineering, evaluation and training support for the Army Materiel Command.
Mr. Lloyd transferred to NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC in 1987 to participate in the rebuilding of a safety program in the aftermath of the Shuttle Challenger disaster. He served for the first year in the process that would eventually allow NASA to return the Shuttle program to flight status. He was instrumental in fulfilling several of the recommendations levied by the Rogers' Commission, which independently investigated the Challenger mishap. When Discovery (STS-26) flew its Return to Flight mission in September of 1988, Mr. Lloyd was assigned to the newly forming Level II Space Station Program located at Reston, VA. During the course of the next 5 years, he served in various roles of increasing authority and responsibility in the Product Assurance Office that culminated in his assignment as the Director of Product Assurance for Level II for the Space Station Freedom Program.
In early 1993, Mr. Lloyd moved from Reston to the Agency HQ in Washington, DC to become the Director, Safety and Risk Management for the NASA Office of Safety and Mission Assurance. He was NASA's “Safety Director” and was responsible for safety policy and guidelines and their implementation for all NASA's operations until assigned his present position in late 2002.
Mr. Lloyd has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since November 4, 1990.
Mr. Lloyd holds a BSME with honors from Union College, Schenectady, New York (1969) and a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from Texas A. and M. University, College Station, Texas (1970).
PERSONAL DATA: Born and raised in upstate New York. Jim and his wife Gail have two grown children, Karre and James, Jr. (Jay), have two granddaughters and reside in Northern Virginia.