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Biography of Scott D. Kerr
 

Scott D. Kerr
Former Director
Ground Processing


Scott D. Kerr is the former director of Ground Processing at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. He provided senior management and direction for flight hardware processing activities and the operation and maintenance of associated ground systems.

Prior to this assignment, Kerr has served in a number of Senior Executive management and leadership roles at KSC, including deputy director of ISS and Spacecraft Processing, deputy director of Engineering, director of Engineering Development, director of Center Operations, KSC chief information officer, and deputy program manager of Expendable Launch Vehicles and Payload Carriers Programs.

Kerr joined NASA in 1988 at Kennedy Space Center where he worked as network manager, responsible for the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of the Payload Operations Network. From 1990 to 1991, he served as the chief, Networks and Communications Section, responsible for all Payload Communication and Network Systems.

From 1991 to 1993, he served as chief, Checkout and Communications Branch, responsible for payload checkout systems and payload communications systems. From 1993 to 1997, he served as chief, Engineering Systems Division, responsible for operation, maintenance and engineering of Payload Facilities Systems and Equipment, Payload Test and Checkout Systems, and Communication and Network Systems. He also was responsible for sustaining engineering of all payload ground support equipment. From 1997 to 1998, he was deputy director, Payload Processing Support, responsible for development, operation, maintenance and sustaining engineering of Payload Data Management Systems, Payload Facilities Systems and Equipment, Payload Test and Checkout Systems, ELV Telemetry Systems, and Payload and ELV Communication and Network Systems.

Prior to joining NASA, Kerr worked as lead engineer, Broadband Communications Distribution Systems, Lockheed Space Operations Co., at Kennedy Space Center. From 1980 to 1986, he was president and chief engineer of Mountain Microwave Systems (MMS), a telecommunications company specializing in the design, construction and operations of cable television systems.

Kerr has received two NASA Medals for Outstanding Leadership, the Exceptional Service Medal and a Certificate of Commendation. He was born in Butte, Mont., and received a Bachelor of Science in physics from Montana State University and Master of Science in space technology from the Florida Institute of Technology. In 1995, he was selected as a NASA Fellow, attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Advanced Engineering Study. He is married to the former Kari Ringstead of Billings, Mont., and lives in Satellite Beach, Fla.

Kerr retired from NASA in May 2013

May 2013

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