Gennaro Caliendo is the NASA partner manager working with The Boeing Company during the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. Through phases with aerospace industry partners, NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is leading the nation's effort to facilitate commercial vehicle development and certification to enable the safe transportation of NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station and other low-Earth orbit destinations. During CCiCap, Boeing will make significant progress developing and testing its integrated CST-100 spacecraft and United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket combination.
As partner manager, Caliendo manages NASA's overall engagement, agreement execution, technical insight, consultations and progress milestone certifications with Boeing. He also leads the Partner Integration Team, called the PIT Crew, which is made up of a diverse team from numerous NASA sites, providing Boeing with the expertise from more than 50 years of human spaceflight operations.
Caliendo performed the same duties during Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) while the company worked to outfit its CST-100 with the necessary components to support crews. He received a Group Achievement Award along with a Silver Achievement Medal for his work during CCDev2.
Caliendo joined NASA in 1987. Throughout his 25-year tenure, Caliendo has supported NASA's Space Shuttle Program as a structures engineer, as well as the International Space Station with final assembly, operations, checkout and assembly of the various ISS elements from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During his time with the shuttle and ISS directorates, Caliendo was honored with a Superior Accomplishment Award and an Exceptional Service Medal for his role in making the Space Station Node 2 team and Engineering Division the most highly efficient and effective groups at Kennedy.
Prior to joining CCP, Caliendo used his experience to transform Kennedy's spaceflight hardware processing and launch operations from single program focus activities to an environment that can support NASA and other government and commercial entities. He received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal for that leadership effort. He later received a Spaceflight Awareness Award for his dedication to the development of a commercial partnership for the utilization of Kennedy facilities. Caliendo received a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology in 1986.
April 2013Biographies - Current Employees