Russell Werneth Bio

Between 6-8pm on Thursday, September 23, 2010, retired NASA engineer Russell Werneth will be attending our Hubble Exhibit Members Night and sharing with members his stories about working directly with the Hubble Space Telescope.

Russell L. Werneth, an aerospace engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland was the ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Project. Mr. Werneth contributed to numerous programs throughout his long Federal career, but he earned the most acclamation for his many efforts during the five Hubble servicing missions. Mr. Werneth has played an important role in several projects, including designing unique tools, procedures, and training that the astronauts used during their EVAs, or spacewalks, to upgrade and repair the Hubble Space Telescope.  During his career he also served, as the lead manager for astronaut tool development at Goddard for NASA’s two critical Return-to-Flight Space Shuttle missions in 1995, when astronauts performed first-of-its-kind spacewalking demonstrations using repair tools that Goddard and Johnson Space Center teams created.  After retiring from civil service in 2007, Russ returned to serve as Educational and Public Outreach Engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope Project.

Russell Werneth

Mr. Werneth graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering and also received a master’s degree in engineering administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  He previously was an Instructor and Lecturer at the University of Maryland and an Adjunct Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  He is also a long-time national officer of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

Mr. Werneth has been recognized with such prestigious awards as NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work on Return-to-Flight and Hubble servicing missions and the Astronaut Silver Snoopy Award for his efforts on the EVA-intensive shuttle missions to Hubble.  The University of Maryland presented Russ with a College of Engineering Centennial Award, an honor bestowed to their top 100 engineering graduates.