Date and Time: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Abstract: Steve Shinn, Chief Financial Officer for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses the cultural challenges project managers face when leading complex technical missions and will share approaches to ensure success in a changing environment. He reveals common cultural barriers and will discuss his change initiatives at Goddard to overcome barriers and provide a process for lasting change.
Biography: Stephen “Steve” A. Shinn is the Chief Financial Officer for Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the entire range of budget planning and execution, financial management, and financial system activities at the Center. He manages GSFC’s budget and financial operations, directs the preparation and submission of annual financial and budgetary reports, and coordinates agency financial management activities with other federal agencies.
Before accepting this position in 2016, Mr. Shinn served as Deputy Director for Planning & Business Management for the Flight Projects Directorate at GSFC, a position he held beginning May 2011. He managed all matters related to business, project planning and control, resource management, organizational staffing, workforce development, diversity and equal opportunity, and physical assets.
Prior to beginning his career in the federal government, Mr. Shinn worked in industry where he developed integrated cost and schedule control systems for over 30 programs. He worked in the capacity of Group Supervisor for the Space Operations Management Group at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, managing individuals in financial management, parametric modeling, hardware production engineering, pricing, project control, cost engineering, earned value management, scheduling, and capital planning. Mr. Shinn has held various management positions in pricing, cost management, estimating, operations management, software management, earned value management, and scheduling. In those positions, he was responsible for planning, managing, and controlling complex systems development, system integration, and infrastructure engineering programs. He is also an instructor in Project Planning and Control at The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.
Mr. Shinn earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the College of New Jersey in and a master’s degree in Technical Management from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering.