Mr. Hale is currently a consultant for Special Aerospace Services of Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Hale retired from NASA on July 31, 2010 as the Deputy Associate Administrator of Strategic Partnerships, Space Operations Mission Directorate. Mr. Hale has previously served as the Space Shuttle Program Manager and the Shuttle Launch Integration Manager. He was a Space Shuttle Flight Director for 40 Space Shuttle flights, and prior to that a Propulsion Officer for 10 early Space Shuttle flights. Mr. Hale has received special honors and awards such as: NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals in 1999, 2005, and 2007; NASA Space Flight Awareness Leadership Award 2002; NASA Exceptional Service Medal 1992; National Space Club Goddard Memorial Astronautics Engineer of the Year 2007; and National Air and Space Smithsonian Achievement Award of the Year 2007. Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.