Robert M. Ellison
Quality Program Manager
Safety and Mission Assurance
Robert M. Ellison is the quality program manager in Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. He manages quality across all KSC programs and projects including Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Launch Services, Constellation, and institutional activities. He is the single focal point for quality at KSC, and he co-chairs the Conference on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries (CQSDI) for the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He also promotes strategic planning within the S&MA Directorate at KSC.
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Ellison was the Kennedy Space Center business system manager. He promoted an innovative quality management system and championed aggressive continual improvement. Ellison successfully guided Kennedy Space Center in becoming one of the first government organizations to obtain ISO 9001 certification. He has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars promoting the quality management system methodologies implemented at Kennedy Space Center.
Ellison served three years on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He represented the agency in this endeavor and directed integration of management system concepts throughout NASA.
During his career, Ellison has held various business management and engineering positions with EG&G, Pan Am World Services Inc., United States Steel Corp., Department of the Navy and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and he is a registered professional engineer in the state of Florida. He and his wife, Sherri, reside in Melbourne and have three children.
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