Dr. Andrew Keys, Center Chief Technologist, Marshall Space Flight Center
Dr. Andrew S. Keys is the Center Chief Technologist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Since May 2010, he has guided the center in defining and developing the latest technologies to help Marshall scientists and engineers accomplish NASA's exploration mission.
From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Keys was team lead for exploration technology and development in the Marshall Center's Science & Mission Systems Office, overseeing research at the center and in partnership with other NASA field centers, government agencies and industry and academic partners. From 2007 to 2010, he was project manager for the Advanced Avionics and Processor Systems project in the Exploration Advanced Capabilities Office, developing robust new materials, design techniques and software to help spacecraft electronics systems better withstand radiation and temperature extremes during flight. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Keys worked within the In-Space Propulsion Technology Program office, serving as project manager of the instrumented aeroshell system for the proposed Space Technology 9 Aerocapture mission. In 2004, he participated in a detail to the newly formed Exploration Mission Systems Directorate at NASA Headquarters. From 1998 to 2004, he led a Marshall optical systems team in the design, development and testing of advanced optics technologies for ground- and space-based optical instruments, remote-sensing systems and space-based imagers and observatories. From 1991 to 1997, he was a lead systems engineer for the Huntsville Operations Support Center, helping develop ground control systems to enable support for space shuttle missions and the International Space Station.
Prior to joining NASA in 1991, Dr. Keys was an associate systems engineer for the Space Station Program Support Division of Grumman Corp. in Huntsville. Raised in Decatur, Ala., he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., in 1988 and 1990, respectively, and received a doctorate of philosophy in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2002. He has published more than a dozen papers and technical reports, is the recipient of numerous NASA awards and is the co-holder of two patents.