Kevin Grady is the Program Manager for the Fermi mission. Grady is responsible for the overall management and implementation of the Fermi mission. Grady has been the Fermi Program Manager since early 2003 and is employed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, Md.
Grady has worked for NASA GSFC since 1978. For much of his career, he has been in the Flight Programs and Project Directorate managing or supporting some of Goddard’s largest astronomy and remote sensing flight missions. He started his career at Goddard in the Engineering Directorate as a controls engineer. In 1987 he moved from the Engineering Directorate into the Flight Programs and Projects Directorate where he has been since.
For the past five years, Grady has been the Program Manager for the high energy physics Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope program. In this position, he has been responsible for the overall development and management of this high energy astrophysics mission.
From 2001 to 2003, Grady was the Project Manager of the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP). In this position he was responsible for the development of this pathfinder mission for the next generation polar orbiting weather constellation known as NPOESS. From 1991 to 2001, he was either the Project Manager or Deputy Project Manager of the Earth Observing System (EOS) Terra mission. He was the Deputy Project Manager of Terra until 1997, at which point he became the Project Manager for the Terra mission. Terra was the first of the flagship missions for the Earth Observation System program.
From 1985 to 1991, Grady worked on the GSFC Work Package 3 element of the Space Station Freedom Program. Initially he was the lead for the work package 3 GN&C activities. Later he became the head of an office in the Work package 3 Systems Engineering and Integration element. Mr. Grady then became the Platform Manager for Work Package 3, and when the polar platform moved out of the Space Station Program, and into the EOS Program, Grady became the Observatory Manager for the first of the EOS missions (Terra). Shortly thereafter he became the Deputy Project Manager for the Terra mission.
From 1978 to 1985, Grady, as a member of the Guidance and Control Branch of the Engineering Directorate, was the lead GN&C engineer for the Landsat 4 and 5 missions, GN&C Manager for the Solar Maximum Repair Mission (SMRM) and an ACS Integration and Test engineer on the Solar Maximum Mission (SMM).
He has Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.