Kenneth R. Human serves as associate director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss. He is responsible, with the center director and deputy director, for coordinating all of NASA's rocket propulsion testing capabilities and Stennis' roles in NASA's applied science programs, as well as managing Stennis.
Prior to assuming his current position, Human served as Deputy Manager, External Integration Office, International Space Station (ISS) Program, and was responsible for managing the Program's external interfaces and relations with customers, both within the U.S. and abroad.
Mr. Human began his career with NASA as an attorney in the legal office at Stennis Space Center in 1978, shortly after receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center and being admitted to the bar in Virginia. Serving as Chief Counsel at Stennis for twenty-one years, Mr. Human was responsible for providing legal, business, and ethics advice to the Director of SSC, senior management, and all center elements in all areas of law and legal policy affecting center operations and interests.
Mr. Human has also been admitted to the bar in Louisiana and Texas, and is a member of the American and Federal Bar Associations. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from George Washington University in 1973.
Mr. Human graduated from the Senior Executive Fellows fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in April of 2005, and he also graduated from the Federal Executive Institute "Leadership for a Democratic Society" in March of 1995. He completed the Senior Executive Services Leadership Program in 2004.
Mr. Human has received many significant awards during his NASA career including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1988.
He is married with one son who is a student at the University of Kentucky Law School.