Kennedy Biographies

Hugo M. Delgado Jr.
Chief, Electrical Division
Engineering Directorate

Hugo M. Delgado Jr. was the chief of the Electrical Divsion of the Engineering Directorate at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Prior to this assignment, he was deputy director of the Independent Technical Authority and Systems Management Office at Kennedy. In this capacity, he provided leadership and guidance to the organization and a consistent interface to center management, NASA Headquarters and other NASA Centers.

Delgado was previously the Engineering Division chief in the Spaceport Engineering and Technology Directorate. In this position, he managed an organization that developed spaceport and range technologies. From 2002 to 2004, he was in the Senior Executive Service (SES) Candidate Development Program where he received his SES certification.

Delgado served as the chief engineer for Advanced Development and Shuttle Upgrades from September 1996 to May 2000. In 1998, Delgado served in a one-year assignment at NASA Headquarters advising in the development of Shuttle Upgrades Program guidelines and policy for the Office of Space Flight. Before that, Delgado served as the chairman of the Operation and Maintenance Requirements and Specification (OMRS) Control Board responsible for reviewing and approving changes to shuttle operational requirements.

During his more than 26 years in the U.S. Manned Space Flight Program, Delgado received many awards and honors including a Superior Achievement Award for the development, checkout and launch software used during the first flight of space shuttle Columbia. In 1990, Delgado was selected as Kennedy's project engineer for the space shuttle Endeavour which replaced the Space Shuttle Challenger. He received an Exceptional Service Medal for his leadership of the engineering team during the production, testing and maiden launch of space shuttle Endeavour.

Delgado began his federal service at Kennedy as a University of Miami engineering co-op in 1979 in the Shuttle Program Office working on flight computers. In 1982, he left the NASA engineering co-op program and worked as a consultant in South Florida. Delgado returned to Kennedy in 1984 as a control system designer for ground support equipment.

Delgado was born in Cuba and moved to the United States in 1964. He received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1983 from the University of Miami. He was married to Judith Delgado and had one son, Kevin. Delgado passed away July 9, 2009.

July 2009

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