International Space Station/Payload Processing Directorate
Integrated Management and Operations Division
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Joseph Delai was born and raised in Boston, Mass. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he attained his first Aerospace Engineering degree and completed the 4-year Air Force ROTC program. Upon graduating, Joe was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant.
After five years with the Air force, Joe attained his second Engineering degree and elected to work for NASA as an Aerospace Engineer. For seven years, he designed, built and tested various scientific experiments to fly in NASA's spacelabs.
His next six years were spent working on the third American International Space Station launch in the Space Station Hardware Integration Office. His primary job was to oversee and participate in the design, integration, testing of payloads, verify test requirements, resource requirements, and budget issues.
Joe was also assigned to the NASA/KSC Government Relations Office for a year and served as the KSC State Legislative Liaison to the State of Florida in Tallahassee as well as the international liaison for the Space Station.
Currently, Joe has returned to working on various truss segments for the International Space Station.
NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center