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Stephen J. Elsner
Program Control and Integration Deputy Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

Stephen J. Elsner is the deputy manager of Program Control and Integration (PC&I) at Johnson Space Center in Houston for NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP).

In this position, Elsner is helping NASA develop the next United States-led capability for crew transportation and rescue services to and from the International Space Station (ISS) and other low Earth orbit destinations. As deputy manager of PC&I, he works closely with CCP's deputy program manager to provide leadership in business management, acquisition strategy, planning and execution of industry capabilities.

Elsner began his career with NASA in 1982 as an aerospace engineer, serving as a guidance and control systems flight controller. During his 30-year tenure with NASA, Elsner has led teams within the agency's Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson, including the Mission Integration and Schedule Management Office, the ISS Flight Avionics Project, Communications and Data Systems Branch, Guidance and Propulsion Systems Branch, Communications and Instrumentation Systems Section and the Guidance and Control Systems Section.

In 2004, Elsner was named deputy manager of the Program Planning and Control Office of the International Space Station Program, which oversaw the finances, procurement, configuration and data management, assessments, cost estimating, and scheduling of the orbiting laboratory. In 2009, Elsner served as manager of the JSC Recovery Act Project. In that role, he oversaw more than $280 million worth of activities and directly managed the $50 million effort to restore Johnson facilities that were damaged by Hurricane Ike.

A recipient of the NASA's Exceptional Achievement and Exceptional Service medals, Elsner has received many professional honors throughout his career, including numerous group achievement awards. He also took home Johnson's Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2009 and an Equal Opportunity Award in 1993.

Elsner is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering in 1980 and a Master of Science in the same field of study in 1982. He also earned a master’s in physical science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1987. In 1991, Elsner graduated from the International Space University Summer Session in France, which provides cutting-edge training for emerging leaders of the global space community. In 2004, Elsner completed a Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University in Massachusetts. While with NASA, Elsner has attended Johnson's Leadership Development Program and Program/Project Management Development Program.

January 2012

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