November 8-11 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York

Speaker

Keith David Brock

Keith Brock serves as the director of the Project Directorate at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. As director, he is responsible for ensuring Stennis work aligns with NASA initiatives, for helping to extend and demonstrate the value of NASA investments in Earth science, and for managing all propulsion test projects at the facility. Stennis serves as NASA’s primary rocket engine testing center. Established in the mid-1960s, Stennis tested all the engines used in manned Apollo flights and all the main engines used in space shuttle missions. Today, Stennis engineers are testing the next generation of rocket engines that will carry humans beyond low-Earth orbit once more as well as testing the engines with industry partners that will allow for commercial spaceflight capabilities Brock began his NASA career at Stennis in 1989 as a systems engineer in support of space shuttle main engine testing. In 1997, he moved to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he served as a systems engineer in support of space shuttle launches. In 1999, he returned to Stennis to work in the Rocket Propulsion Test Program Office for six years, including a time as acting manager. Beginning in 2005, he served four years at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office and as the Deputy Project Manager of the Altair Project Office. Altair was NASA’s project to develop a new lunar lander to return humans to the moon and provide life support and a base for weeklong surface exploration missions. During his career, Brock also has served as a support member to the Shuttle Mission Management Team and as a member of the Senior Executive Service team charged with helping to create a more citizen-centered, results-oriented federal government. A native of Tylertown, Miss., Brock has received a NASA Silver Snoopy award, a personal honor from astronauts to individuals who have contributed to flight safety and/or mission success. He also has received a Space Flight Awareness award for outstanding contributions in support of human space flight. Both awards are among the highest given to NASA employees. Brock is a graduate of Mississippi State University in Starkville. He completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University and the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at The Federal Executive Institute. He and his wife have three children.
Keith David Brock
Director, Project Directorate, Stennis Space Center