Asian American Engineer of the Year Awards
Asian American Engineer of the Year Award


Mr. S. Peter Tschen
Chief, Manufacturing Engineering and Process Branch
NASA Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, OH


Peter Tschen currently serves as the Branch Chief of the Manufacturing Engineering and Process Branch in the Manufacturing Division of the Engineering Directorate at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC).  Peter is responsible for developing process design and design modifications for flight hardware fabrication and assembly.  As the manufacturing lead for the fabrication of the Upper Stage Simulator (USS) for the Ares I-X (AIX) Project, he successfully demonstrated his leadership by transforming the Manufacturing Division’s culture to one based on a system of coordination and control with extensive status reporting, adherence to written procedures, and extensive documentation of work completed that is compliant with AS9100 Standards.  The transition he managed was imperative in the Center meeting its key milestones in support of the Agency’s Constellation Program and a successful launch of the Ares I-X flight vehicle in October, 2009.

With over 23 years of aerospace experience, Peter has had a diverse set of experiences as an aerospace engineer, project scientist, project manager, international program specialist, program analyst, and branch chief, and has supported numerous NASA aeronautics and space flight programs.  Peter joined NASA GRC in 1991 after three years at the McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company (MDAC) in Long Beach, California.  During his tenure at MDAC, Peter was a propulsion engineer on a team analyzing flight test data that led to the successful FAA certification of General Electric and Pratt & Whitney’s MD-11 aircraft engines.  During his almost two decades with NASA, he has made significant contributions in the Office of External Relations and the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA Headquarters and the Research and Technology and the Engineering Directorates at NASA GRC.  Peter has received many achievement awards throughout his career at NASA, with the most notable being the 2009 NASA Exception Service Medal.   

Peter is very involved with community activities both within NASA as well as in the community at large.  From 2000-2005, he served as Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Group at GRC.  In 2001, he initiated the Ohio Chapter of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), and contacted various federal agencies across Ohio polling their potential interest.  Peter obtained donations from federal agencies and private entities to support a scholarship program that funded Asian/Pacific Islander students.   

Peter has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in marketing and operations management from Case Western Reserve University.  He has recently completed all requirements for NASA’s Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.  Peter is married and is the proud father of two boys who currently reside in Arizona.  His hobbies include travel, music, and the culinary arts.