Associate Program Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program
Wayne L. Ordway is the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) associate program manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. In this role, he serves as a member of the program leadership team guiding NASA's direction in developing U.S. crew transportation services to the International Space Station. Formerly, he served as the CCP spacecraft manager, leading CCP's oversight of spacecraft design and development across the commercial providers, including spacecraft requirements, definition and planning for compliance verification, risk management and overall system certification.
Prior to this assignment, Ordway was the deputy manager for the space shuttle Orbiter Project from 2008 through the retirement of NASA's Space Shuttle Program. In that role, he managed the shuttle's configuration. He also directed engineering, development, testing, production, logistics, repair and flight readiness certification for the shuttle fleet and its associated government-furnished equipment and flight crew equipment. Ordway served as a member of the shuttle's Mission Management Team and directed engineering support during numerous missions, including the final flights of each shuttle.
Previously, Ordway served as the Orbiter Project assistant manager and was responsible for directing business and contract management operations and assisting with technical management. Prior to that, Ordway held a progression of leadership positions managing a broad range of activities, including shuttle hardware development and modifications, vehicle problem resolution, flight hardware turnaround supportability and life extension planning for the fleet. In support of space shuttle Discovery's STS-114 Return to Flight mission, he directed a comprehensive midlife certification of the shuttle's critical hardware systems to mitigate operational risks and improve shuttle flight safety.
Earlier, Ordway led the shuttle ascent flight systems integration board within the Systems Integration Office. In that capacity, he directed a multicenter government and industry engineering team that completed design verification and certification of shuttle performance enhancements to enable delivery of International Space Station elements.
Ordway began his career as an aircraft product design and development engineer in the commercial airplane industry. After transitioning to NASA, he held a variety of human spaceflight systems engineering positions at Johnson. He later held management assignments in the Office of Space Systems Development at NASA Headquarters and in the Orbital Launch Services Project at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., which was responsible for NASA's small- and medium-class expendable launch vehicle services.
A recipient of the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, Ordway has received many professional honors throughout his career, including several Johnson Space Center Director awards.
Ordway is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., with a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering. He earned a master's in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Rice University in Houston. In 2007, he completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.