John F. Kennedy Space Center
Kelvin Manning serves as associate director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In this capacity, Manning is responsible for the oversight of Kennedy's institutional business and technical support functions, planning, directing and coordinating center policies on a day-to-day basis. This includes establishing strategies and procedures to ensure the Kennedy work force, facilities and operations are aligned to facilitate agency program and project goals.
In 1992, Manning began his career at Kennedy and has served in a number of positions within the former Shuttle Processing Directorate including flow director for space shuttle Atlantis, chief engineer (acting) for Shuttle Upgrades, vehicle manager for space shuttle Columbia, and NASA test director. More recently, Manning was the Orion division chief in the Kennedy Constellation Project Office.
Born in Fort Meade, Md., as an "Army brat," Manning traveled throughout the U.S. and has resided in Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Hawaii, Illinois and Maryland. After graduating from Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, Md., Manning went on to obtain his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. In addition, Manning has an M.S. in engineering management from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
As an Air Force officer, Manning served six years as a space operations analyst, stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and NORAD Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs. Following his military service and prior to joining NASA, Manning was an engineer with General Electric Aerospace, Military and Data Systems Operations, in Springfield, Va., and McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company in Washington, D.C.
Manning has received numerous awards, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the astronauts' Silver Snoopy Award, National Black Engineer of the Year Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Government, NASA Public Service Award, and the Department of Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal.