NASA's Commercial Crew Program
Tyrell Hawkins is the deputy manager of Ground and Mission Operations for NASA's Commercial Crew Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 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.
Before his work with the CCP, Hawkins held various positions within NASA's Space Shuttle Program, including the associate director of the Launch Vehicle Processing Directorate. He also was the Project Engineering Integration division chief, responsible for managing a group of professional engineers, technical experts and administrative personnel responsible for the technical integration of space shuttle processing activities.
He began his career with NASA in 1983 at Kennedy as a space shuttle communications systems engineer responsible for the testing, checkout and validation of the flight hardware and ground support equipment.
Throughout his career at NASA, Hawkins has earned numerous awards, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and several NASA Exceptional Service medals along with team and group awards.
Hawkins earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.