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Charles Herbert “Herb” Shivers
Retired Deputy Director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center

Charles Herbert “Herb” Shivers, PhD, PE, CSP, although retired, is a professor and associate graduate program director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Master of Engineering track in advanced safety engineering and management, and is also a member of the UAB Graduate Faculty.

Shivers retired in December 2011 from the Senior Executive Service position of Deputy Director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at NASA’s Marshal Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Before joining NASA in 1988, Shivers worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority (1977-1988) and the U.S. Army (1975-1977) and served with the National Guard (1972-1977).

Shivers and his wife, Alisa Walker Shivers, both from Alexander City, Alabama, graduated from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City and live in Auburn, Alabama. Shivers earned a master’s degree in industrial and safety engineering from Texas A&M University in Texarkana, and graduated from the Army’s Graduate Safety Engineering Intern program at Red River Army Depot, Texas, that same year. He earned a doctorate in industrial and systems engineering management in 1997 from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. In 2007, he received the Auburn University Industrial and Systems Engineering Department’s Outstanding Alumnus Award as well as the UAH Alumni Association’s Alumni of Achievement Award.

Shivers welcomes the opportunity to bring awareness in the fight against breast cancer. His mother’s sister died of breast cancer, as did a former boss. His father and grandmother both died of cancer. “I want to help in the fight against this terrible disease that impacts everyone,” he said.

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