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Ramon Lugo III
Former Deputy Program Manager
Launch Services Program

Note: Ramon Lugo left Kennedy Space Center in December 2007 to become the deputy director of NASA's Glenn Research Center.

Ramon Lugo III serves as the deputy program manager of the Launch Services Program at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He is principally responsible for program execution guaranteeing access to space for the delivery of on-time, on-orbit, and on-cost launch assets satisfying governmentwide space transportation requirements. He oversees over 420 government and contractor personnel implementing requirements for the launch of Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELVs). Lugo ensures overall mission success through managing, directing, and evaluating the progress of all ongoing launch operations and activities including ELV engineering and analysis, payload integration, launch site support, and campaigns.

Lugo entered the federal service in 1975 as a cooperative education student (co-op). He completed his educational requirements for a Bachelor of Science in engineering and was first assigned to the Construction and Modifications Branch as an engineer responsible for construction modifications to Launch Complex 39A in preparation for the first space shuttle launch. In 1995, Lugo was competitively selected to attend the Harvard Program for Management Development.

Upon his selection to the Senior Executive Service (SES) in September 2001, he was tapped to serve as the executive director of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Management Office (CCSMO) providing oversight for the contract management and administration of the groundbreaking Joint Base Operations and Support Contract (J-BOSC). His other leadership positions include director and deputy director of ELV Services; manager of Facilities and Support Equipment Division in the Space Station Project Office; and chief of the Business Office of the Joint Performance Management Office.

Lugo's service awards include two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals for contributions to the Galileo mission and the Space Station redesign and two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals for his instrumental role in the ELV Program transition.

Lugo was born in Fort Fairfield, Maine. A 1975 graduate of Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Fla., he earned a degree in engineering, graduating from the University of Central Florida with honors. Subsequently, he completed a master's degree in engineering management while attending Florida Institute of Technology in 1982.

Lugo is married with two daughters and lives in Merritt Island, Fla.

March 2006

Biographies - Current Employees