Burton R. Summerfield
Associate Director for Institutional Services
Burton R. Summerfield is the associate director for Institutional Services for the Center Operations Directorate and reports to the director of Center Operations at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He was selected for the position in January 2009. In his position, he assists the director in developing the directorate structure and policy; in requirements analysis; in project management for institutional projects, such as ROS, PMO and CofF; and in anomaly resolution for daily operations. In addition, Summerfield is responsible for evaluating current and long-range objectives, plans, studies, policies and proposed courses of action in order to furnish a basis for executive decisions affecting directorate missions. He also oversees the institutional contracts that are managed by the directorate.
In 2000, he was selected as the chief of the Safety, Occupational Health, and Environmental Division of the Center Operations Directorate. His office provided and coordinated medical, environmental health, and environmental management activities at the center.
Summerfield received his undergraduate degree in environmental health from Old Dominion University in 1982. In 1996, he received his master's in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology. Summerfield was board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene in 1988 and is a diplomat of the American Board of Industrial Hygienists, as well as a member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Summerfield started his career at the center in 1982, working in the field of environmental health, and joined NASA in 1989 as Kennedy Space Center's pollution control and sanitation officer. In 1997, he was selected the associate director of the Biomedical Office overseeing occupational medicine, and environmental and advanced life support operations and research.
October 2009Biographies - Current Employees