National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Scott R. Graham
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Scott R. Graham is Associate Director of the Space Flight Systems Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In this number three management position in the Space Flight Systems directorate, he is responsible for many of the personnel and staffing activities within the directorate, and supports the Director and Deputy Director. Graham started his NASA career over 30 years ago, in 1981. Most of his time with NASA has been primarily spent at Glenn in the fields associated with space transportation, launch vehicles, exploration initiatives, and rocket propulsion.
Graham started out working as a propulsion and cryogenics systems engineer on Atlas Centaur and Shuttle Centaur launch vehicles, where he supported several launch operations. In the 1990’s, he expanded his reach by serving as Chief of the Exploration Integration Branch within the Advanced Space Analysis Office, leading much of the Center’s involvement with the agency’s Lunar and Mars exploration initiatives and studies.
In 1998, Graham was asked to serve as Project Manager of the Vehicle Subsystems project and led the agency’s in-house Space Transportation Architecture Study. He helped guide the agency’s Space Launch Initiative and the 2nd Generation Reusable Launch Vehicle and Next Generation Launch Technology programs. In 2004, Graham also began serving as the Agency’s chairperson of the Power Systems Integrated Discipline Team.
More recently, Graham served as acting Chief of the Launch Systems Project Office, where he directed Glenn’s activities supporting Ares I, Ares I-X, and Ares V. He also served one year at NASA Headquarters as part of the agency’s Professional Development Program, where he assisted with the agency’s nuclear propulsion technology program and other space technology efforts. In June 2010, leading up to his promotion to Acting Associate Director of the Space Flight Systems Directorate, Graham was named acting Associate Director of Space Flight Systems.
Graham graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan in 1981 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Since then, he has received numerous individual awards, special service awards, and other honors. He is a member of the National Space Society and the Planetary Society. He is also active with boy scouts and cub scouts, and serves on his church’s leadership council.
When not working at NASA, Graham enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. He also enjoys model rocketry, photography, hunting, and fishing.