Quality Assurance Team

Delegated Program Managers

Task Managers

  • Alice Smith, Academy of Aerospace Quality (AAQ)
  • Jeff Smith, AAQ
  • Tony Gutierez, Joint Audit Planning Committee
  • John O'Donnell, Quality Leadership Forum (QLF)
  • Diana Shellman, QLF
  • Cheryl Corbin, Supplier Assessment System (SAS)
  • Will Davis, SAS

Technical Discipline Team Lead

Brian Hughitt

Brian Hughitt

Quality Program Executive

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Points of Contact

Points of Contact

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SATERN Courses

Course Title Course Number Buttons
Advanced Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control SMA-QE-WBT-201 SMA-QE-WBT-201 Details
Audits SMA-QE-WBT-217 SMA-QE-WBT-217 Details
Basics in Particle Counting SMA-HQ-WBT-307 SMA-HQ-WBT-307 Details
Certification of Flight Readiness (COFR) Overview SMA-QE-WBT-257 SMA-QE-WBT-257 Details
Cleanliness & Contamination Control Overview SMA-QE-WBT-243 SMA-QE-WBT-243 Details
Configuration Management SMA-QE-WBT-226 SMA-QE-WBT-226 Details
Control of Foreign Object Debris SMA-QE-WBT-244 SMA-QE-WBT-244 Details
Corrective Action and Problem Reporting Systems Overview SMA-QE-WBT-261 SMA-QE-WBT-261 Details
Data Management SMA-QE-WBT-228 SMA-QE-WBT-228 Details
Decision Analysis for STEP SMA-CORE-WBT-DA SMA-CORE-WBT-DA Details
Design Inputs and Reviews Overview SMA-QE-WBT-221 SMA-QE-WBT-221 Details
Drawings, Dimensions, & Tolerances Overview SMA-QE-WBT-224 SMA-QE-WBT-224 Details
FMEA/CIL SMA-017-01 SMA-017-01 Details
Functional Configuration Audit / Physical Configuration Audit SMA-QE-WBT-227 SMA-QE-WBT-227 Details
Hardware / Software / Service Acceptance SMA-QE-WBT-256 SMA-QE-WBT-256 Details
Introduction to Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Control SMA-QE-WBT-200 SMA-QE-WBT-200 Details
Inspection SMA-QE-WBT-251 SMA-QE-WBT-251 Details
Inspection Control and Personal Warranty SMA-QE-WBT-252 SMA-QE-WBT-252 Details
Manufacturing Processes Overview SMA-QE-WBT-241 SMA-QE-WBT-241 Details
Material Control SMA-QE-WBT-246 SMA-QE-WBT-246 Details
Material Review Board SMA-QE-WBT-263 SMA-QE-WBT-263 Details
Measurement Systems Analysis Overview SMA-QE-WBT-247 SMA-QE-WBT-247 Details
Measurement Decision Risk SMA-QE-WBT-343 SMA-QE-WBT-343 Details
Measurement Uncertainty Analysis SMA-QE-WBT-342 SMA-QE-WBT-342 Details
Metrology and Calibration SMA-QE-WBT-248 SMA-QE-WBT-248 Details
Metrology and the Consequences of Bad Measurement Decisions SMA-QE-WBT-148 SMA-QE-WBT-148 Details
Mistake Proofing Overview SMA-QE-WBT-222 SMA-QE-WBT-222 Details
NASA Letter of Delegation SMA-QE-WBT-232 SMA-QE-WBT-232 Details
NASA Safety Reporting System SMA-038-01 SMA-038-01 Details
Nondestructive Evaluation EDT-019-04 EDT-019-04 Details
Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) / Evaluation (NDE) Overview SMA-QE-WBT-254 SMA-QE-WBT-254 Details
Overview of NASA Lessons Learned Information System SMA-QE-WBT-215 SMA-QE-WBT-215 Details
Packaging, Handling, & Shipping Overview SMA-QE-WBT-245 SMA-QE-WBT-245 Details
Parts and Materials Assessment (EEE, Mechanical, Parts Stress/Derating) SMA-RM-WBT-411 SMA-RM-WBT-411 Details
Parts Control Overview SMA-QE-WBT-229 SMA-QE-WBT-229 Details
Practices and Guidelines for Cleanroom Operations SMA-HQ-WBT-309 SMA-HQ-WBT-309 Details
Procurement Quality Overview SMA-QE-WBT-231 SMA-QE-WBT-231 Details
Program Quality Integration Overview SMA-QE-WBT-213 SMA-QE-WBT-213 Details
Programmable Josephson Voltage Standard (PJVS) SMA-HQ-WBT-102 SMA-HQ-WBT-102 Details
Qualification SMA-QE-WBT-255 SMA-QE-WBT-255 Details
Quality Assurance Plans SMA-QE-WBT-214 SMA-QE-WBT-214 Details
Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan SMA-QE-WBT-218 SMA-QE-WBT-218 Details
Quality Management Overview SMA-QE-WBT-211 SMA-QE-WBT-211 Details
Risk Management for STEP SMA-CORE-WBT-RM SMA-CORE-WBT-RM Details
Statistical Quality Control Overview SMA-QE-WBT-271 SMA-QE-WBT-271 Details
System Safety I SMA-SS-WBT-210 SMA-SS-WBT-210 Details
Technical Assessment Overview SMA-QE-WBT-216 SMA-QE-WBT-216 Details
Testing SMA-QE-WBT-253 SMA-QE-WBT-253 Details
Workmanship Standards Overview SMA-QE-WBT-223 SMA-QE-WBT-223 Details

Policy and Guidance


NPD 8730.5 NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy

This directive outlines the requirements for NASA’s Quality Assurance Program.

See NPD 8730.5
NPR 8735.2 Management of Government Quality Assurance Functions for NASA Contracts

This NASA Procedural Requirements outlines the agency’s requirements for performance of government contract Quality Assurance functions as required by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 46 and Part 12; FAR Supplement Part 1846; and NPD 8730.5, NASA Quality Assurance Program Policy.

See NPR 8735.2


There are specialized programs within Quality that support the agency's overall Quality Program.

EEE Parts

NASA's Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) Parts discipline seeks to evaluate newly available and advanced electronic parts for NASA programs and projects and maximize effectiveness and efficiency by collaborating with industry and other agencies.

The objectives include

  • Assessing the reliability of newly available electronic parts and packaging technologies for NASA projects through validations, assessments and characterizations, and the development of test methods and tools
  • Expediting infusion paths for advanced (emerging) electronic parts and packaging technologies by evaluating the readiness for manufacturability and project usage consideration
  • Providing NASA projects with technology selection, application and validation guidelines for electronic parts and packaging hardware and processes
  • Retaining and disseminating electronic parts and packaging assurance, reliability validations, tools, and availability information to the NASA community


Metrology and Calibration

The mission of NASA’s Metrology and Calibration Program is to ensure the accuracy and reliability of measurements considered essential for NASA safety and mission success, including the selection, control, and use of Measuring and Test Equipment (MTE) for measurement applications that affect safety and mission success. Metrology, defined as the science of measurement, encompasses the controls and requirements necessary to ensure adequate measurement quality and provide measurement assurance. Calibration is an integral part of those measurement controls and is vital to ensuring the continued adequacy of MTE for its intended use.

The Metrology and Calibration Program also collaborates with industry and other government agencies in the development of Metrology and Calibration standards, guidance documents and best practices.

Key program objectives include

  • Development of policy and procedural requirements
  • Issuance of guidance documents
  • Deployment of tools and resources for facilitating the implementation of center Metrology and Calibration programs


Nondestructive Evaluation

The Office of Safety and Mission Assurance’s Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) Program ensures the integrity of NDE processes utilized by other NASA programs to achieve safety and mission success by educating the government and commercial space community regarding the capability and applicability of NDE technologies. The program operates primarily through the NDE Working Group (NDEWG), which oversees program definitions and standard practices, NDE documentation requirements, operating practices, and new technology initiatives.



Workmanship is the control of design features, materials and assembly processes to achieve the desired durability and reliability for subassembly interconnections — specifically those in printed wiring assemblies and cable harnesses — and the use of inspection techniques and criteria to assure interconnect quality. Workmanship promotes standardized designs and fabrication practices to enhance assembly durability and reliability and restricts the use of designs and manufacturing processes known to reduce those qualities.



Academy of Aerospace Quality

“The AAQ (Academy of Aerospace Quality) serves as an internet based forum for providing quality assurance training to academics (or academic institutions) and commercial space service providers involved in aerospace research, technology development, and payload design and development. The AAQ curriculum includes modules for all aspects of quality assurance necessary to ensure project success and provides a virtual community for networking and sharing of lessons-learned among like-minded scholars.”
— Academy of Aerospace Quality

The AAQ website includes training modules for academic institutions supporting NASA.


NASA Joint Audit Planning Committee

The NASA Joint Audit Planning Committee (JAPC) is a NASA supplier audit program that provides a tailored review of high-risk quality system elements. Its purpose is

  • Sharing of supplier Quality audit data
  • Eliminating duplicative audits and reducing supplier work interruptions
  • Reducing costs by combining auditing resources
  • Reporting agency-wide quality metrics and trends
  • Enhancing the capability to identify supplier risks and tailor Quality Assurance actions
  • Standardizing supplier auditing practices
  • Sharing best practices and lessons learned
  • Identifying and facilitating the resolution of common supplier Quality issues
  • Providing feedback and enhanced confidence in the Industry Controlled Other Party certification process


Quality Leadership Forum

The Quality Leadership Forum is NASA’s annual Quality Assurance meeting. During the forum, attendees discuss best practices, lessons learned, and trends and threats in the Quality community, as well as mitigation techniques.

Supplier Assessment System

The Supplier Assessment System (SAS) is an agency-wide, web-based, comprehensive repository of supplier information collected from the public and private sector. The goal of SAS is to provide information that will assist the Quality Assurance community in evaluating and determining supplier-related risk when procuring products and services. Access to SAS is granted to all government agencies, prime contractors and support contractors by going to the site and requesting an account.