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Ronald R. (Ron) Gillett
Deputy Chief, Technical Management Office
Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate

Ronald R. (Ron) Gillett is the deputy chief of the Technical Management Office in the Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. Gillett was the chief of the Spaceport Engineering and Technology Directorate S&MA Project Assessment Office from May 2000 to May 2004. Prior to that, Gillett was the KSC chief safety officer on staff to the S&MA director for one year.

From 1990 until May 1999, he held several division chief positions within Safety and Mission Assurance. These included chief of the Safety Operations Division, chief of the Safety Operations Engineering Division, and chief of the Payload, Space Station, and Industrial Safety Division. In these capacities, he was responsible for most facets of the safety programs at KSC.

From 1994 through 1998, he was also involved in radiological contingency planning for the Cassini mission as the lead federal agency representative. From January 1992 through 1998, he was a member of the Interagency Nuclear Safety Review Panel (INSRP) Launch Abort Subpanel (LASP), performing an independent review of the safety analysis conducted by the program or other recognized resources on launch failures that could potentially release radioactive materials into the environment.

Prior to his division chief positions, Gillett was in Safety Engineering as the branch chief. He also has 13 years in fire protection engineering and safety engineering with NASA.

Gillett has been a NASA employee for the past 33½ years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.) and a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA). Gillett has an extensive background in safety engineering and management.

Gillett and his wife Karin, along with daughters Keira, Caidi and Caia, live at Suntree where the family has lived for the past 24 years. Gillett's oldest child, Kevin, graduated from Princeton University in 1999. His daughter Keira is a junior at the University of Florida. His two youngest daughters, Caidi (10) and Caia (8), were adopted from China. Gillett's hobbies include raising kids, genealogy, travel, boating, and basketball (watching).

May 2006

Biographies - Current Employees