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Michelle E. Amos
Technical Assistant
KSC Chief Engineer's Office
Engineering and Technology


Michelle E. Amos is technical assistant to the Chief Engineer's Office in the Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. In this role, she is the directorates lead for the shuttle transition and retirement activities. She supports the transition and retirement chief engineer to baseline ground support equipment property end states and facility technical plans to achieve end state.

Amos represents the directorate's interest to ensure centerwide collaborations. She leads the development of engineering processes for obtaining shuttle orbiter hardware, equipment to maintain Kennedy lab capabilities and property Engineering requires to sustain program and project development.

Prior to supporting the Chief Engineers Office, Amos was a partnership development manager in the Center Planning and Development Office. In this position, Amos represented KSC on the agency's Commercial Space/Entrepreneurial Team led by the Office of Chief Technologist. She led an agency Knowledge Sharing Commercial Space Industry (CSI) Team responsible for identifying solutions for commercial space industry agencywide needs and challenges. Amos also provided center leadership for requirements definition, technical risk assessments, safety and environment evaluation and made recommendations to senior management for university, technology development, clean energy and Shuttle Landing Facility partnership development.

She launched a career with NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in 1990 as an AST, electronics design engineer in the Engineering Development Directorate which has become Engineering and Technology. She has over a decade of design experience in digital data, voice and video communication systems for ground support equipment. She also contributed to system- and subsystem-level design for the Digital-Operational and Intercom System (OIS-D), KSC's main communication system for launch and payload processing. In addition, she was hardware design engineer for the control system of the Operational Television-Modernization Project, which implements the upgrade of KSC's cameras, recorders and displays from analog to digital technology. Amos was hardware lead engineer for NASA's IVHM Technology Experiments for X-34 (NITEX-34). In this capacity, she was responsible for designing hardware to receive, process and archive telemetry data from flight experiments aboard technology testbed demonstrators or space vehicles.

Amos performed sustaining electrical engineering for the International Space Station (ISS) ground support equipment, while simultaneously providing electrical and instrumentation design engineering for the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC). ATDC was developed to provide a proving ground for advanced range and spaceport technologies in a relevant environment.

Amos received national recognition as a "Technology All Star" for engineering contributions to NASA at the 2002 Women of Color Government and Defense Technology Awards Conference. In 2003, she received the KSC Strategic Leadership Award and has received many other honors throughout her career.

Amos was born in Baton Rouge, La., and graduated from Southern University A&M College in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering. In 2005, she earned a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida.

Besides being a wife, mother and engineer, Amos is public affairs specialist for the Orlando Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. She is former chairperson of KSC's Black Employee Strategy Team, is a competent leader and communicator in Toastmasters International, serves as a KSC point of contact with the General Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, is an active Boy Scout committee member, and participates in the KSC Public Affairs Outreach program to share the excitement of the space program with the public and KSC employees.

Amos and her husband, John, have been married for more than twenty years. They have three children and reside in Oviedo, Fla.

October 2011

Biographies - Current Employees