Sean E. McMorrow is director of Mission, Information and Test Systems at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif. He is responsible for development, acquisition and utilization of the center’s information technology systems, including those devoted to desktop use, security, flight test range operations, research aircraft telemetry, mission control rooms, air-to-ground communications, ground communications, flight data processing and advanced flight simulations.
McMorrow brings to his role at NASA Dryden more than 25 years of collective experience in leadership, program management, flight test engineering, and software development. He served in a variety of leadership positions while employed at Edwards Air Force Base and private industry and has overseen a staff of more than 500 military, civilian, and contractor personnel and a budget of over $33 million.
Prior to joining NASA Dryden in early 2011, McMorrow was director of the Plans and Programs Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base where he led a staff of more than 40 personnel. Other assignments included Deputy Chief Information Officer and deputy director of the Information Technology Directorate, later the 95th Communications Group.
McMorrow began his career in 1985 as a software developer with industry. He entered federal civil service in 1988 as an avionics flight test engineer, then later became an operations engineer and test conductor for the B-2 Combined Test Force at Edwards. His follow-on assignment was as a program manager with Edwards' Environmental Management Office where he led the fielding of a Geographic Information System for the base. He was later promoted to chief of the base's Conservation Branch where he was responsible for the natural and cultural resources of the installation. McMorrow concluded this phase of civil service with the Defense Evaluation Support Activity on Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. where he was program manager for technology Integration.
Returning private industry in 1996, McMorrow joined Lockheed Martin Skunk Works where he served as technical lead for the Common Ground Segment of the Tier 3- Dark Star UAV. He was responsible for the integration of command and control and mission planning functions into the Global Hawk ground station environment. He returned to civil service in 2002 after completing a tour with DynCorp Range Technical Services as a senior engineer in business development.
McMorrow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Master of Science in Management from Golden Gate University. McMorrow is the recipient of numerous performance awards, a member of the International Test and Evaluation Association, the Society of Flight Test Engineers, the Air Force Association and the Flight Test Historical Foundation at Edwards.