Mark K. Ruether
Chief of the KSC Integration Office
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Mark K. Ruether is chief of the KSC Integration Office at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. The KSC Integration Office serves as the center’s focal point for policy, institutional and program accountability, and issues and concerns that require senior management's attention. The primary functions of the office include planning and implementation of Kennedy's strategic management; management and oversight of Kennedy's governance; management of Kennedy's Business Management System; conducting independent assessments of agency programs and projects managed at Kennedy; identifying, guiding, and resolving the center's cross-organizational issues; and coordinating actions assigned by the center director.
Ruether began his career at Kennedy in 1984 as a systems engineer responsible for the management of fluid, pneumatic, fire deluge, and sound suppression ground systems in support of the processing and launch of the space shuttle. In 1985, he served as a mechanical and fluid systems integration and test engineer on Spacelab systems and experiments and other payloads, preparing them for flight on the space shuttle. Four years later, he became a launch site support manager (LSSM) serving as the interface to the payload customer for all of Kennedy's activities on several missions, including the first servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope and the first commercial module to fly on the space shuttle -- Spacehab-1.
In 1994, Ruether was selected to serve on a one-year detail assignment at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he supported the Life and Microgravity Sciences and Space Sciences organizations and served as the assistant program manager of the Chandra Observatory.
Prior to becoming the chief of the Launch Site Support Branch in 1999, Ruether served as a lead LSSM at Kennedy in 1995. In 2000, he became the chief knowledge manager of the Launch Services Program (LSP), responsible for coordinating knowledge and information, sharing activities across the various technical, business and administrative disciplines within the program and with external customers, stakeholders, contractors, and support organizations. In 2004, he became LSP's first strategic planning manager, responsible for establishing and executing strategic planning systems and processes, and coordinating and communicating program goals, objectives and strategic decisions within the program and with external customers and stakeholders.
In 2009, Ruether became the chief of Kennedy's Advance Planning Office, responsible for the planning and implementation of Kennedy's strategic management processes and Kennedy's governance processes.
Ruether has received numerous achievement, performance and certificate awards, including Kennedy Space Center's Strategic Leadership Award and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.
Ruether, who is originally from Red Wing, Minn., holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida.
Ruether lives in Viera, Fla., with his wife, Michelle, and their two children. He enjoys spending time with his family and a variety of fitness and sports activities such as biking, skiing, and tennis.