Philip E. "Pepper" Phillips
Director, Engineering and Technology
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Philip E. "Pepper" Phillips is the director of the Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Appointed to this position in November 2013, he is responsible for planning, managing, directing and implementing design, development, operations and sustaining engineering and for providing all programs and projects at Kennedy with engineering excellence. He serves as Kennedy's Chief Engineer and manages a workforce of approximately 1,200 civil service and contractor employees.
Prior to his current assignment, Phillips served a five-month appointment as Kennedy's acting deputy director where he shared responsibility with the director in managing the Kennedy team of approximately 8,600 civil service and contractor employees, determining and implementing center policy and managing and executing Kennedy missions and agency program responsibilities.
Phillips previously served as the first program manager of Kennedy's Ground Systems Development and Operations Program. His program was responsible for the planning and development of the required facilities; the ground systems; the test and verification; the logistics; and the prelaunch, launch and recovery operations for NASA's Space Launch System/Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle, as well as providing multiuse infrastructure to enable commercial and other government spacecraft and launch providers. He was responsible for managing a program organization that included over 440 civil service and 1,100 contractor employees.
Phillips previously served as the director and deputy director of the Constellation Project Office in support of the agency's Constellation Program. His organization was responsible for the planning and development of the required facilities; the ground systems; the test and verification; the logistics; and the prelaunch, launch and recovery operations for NASA's lunar/Mars human exploration program.
Phillips also served as deputy director of Kennedy's Shuttle Processing Directorate. The directorate's responsibilities included processing and launching three space shuttles -- Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour -- and managing a workforce of approximately 5,400 civil service and contractor employees. In this capacity, he served as the alternate technical manager representative (TMR) for the Space Program Operations Contract at Kennedy.
Phillips' career with NASA began at Kennedy in 1987. Over the years, he held numerous positions of increased responsibilities. He was a NASA test director, convoy commander, NASA vehicle manager for Endeavour, chief of the Process and Analysis Branch, flow director for Endeavour, and chief of the Shuttle Processing Business Office. He served two six-month details away from Kennedy: one at Johnson Space Center in the Shuttle Program Office and one at NASA Headquarters in the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.
NASA has rewarded Phillips' service with several distinguished awards, including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the astronaut corps' Silver Snoopy Award.
Phillips graduated from Astronaut High School in Titusville, Fla., and received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in 1985. In 1996, he earned a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida. He currently resides in Viera with his wife Stacie.