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Michael E. Wetmore
Safety and Mission Assurance

Michael E. Wetmore is the director for Safety and Mission Assurance for NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla.

The Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate is Kennedy's focal point for planning and execution of center and program S&MA activities at Kennedy. The directorate provides the primary interface function with the S&MA offices of NASA Headquarters, other centers, other government agencies, international governments and private industry. The primary purpose of Kennedy's S&MA is to ensure operations at Kennedy-responsible sites are conducted in a manner which will achieve mission safety and success. S&MA consists of the safety, reliability, maintainability, software assurance and quality disciplines which are applied to reduce the probability of mishaps, failures, maintenance burden and product flaws.

Wetmore is a 1976 graduate of Miami Springs Senior High School in Miami Springs, Fla. He earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1980 and a Master's of Business Administration from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1989.

Wetmore began his career with NASA at KSC in 1987, after seven years of active duty in submarine service in the United States Navy. He started as a shuttle environmental control and life support system engineer and later served as a shuttle fuel cells/power reactant storage and distribution engineer in the Shuttle Management and Operations Directorate (later Shuttle Processing). He transferred to the directorate's Launch and Landing Projects Office as the lead for Resources Management, becoming the senior lead for Budgets and Contracts, and then manager of the office. He became deputy director, Processing Integration, in 1998 (still within the Shuttle Processing Directorate) and was appointed deputy director of Shuttle Processing in 1999. In 2002, he was appointed as the director of Shuttle Processing, a position he held until January 2007. From July 2003 through March 2004, Wetmore also performed duties as the acting deputy Space Shuttle Program manager for KSC. Wetmore was assigned as the associate (center) director for Engineering and Technical Operations from January of 2007 until March of 2010 when he accepted his current assignment.

Wetmore was awarded the Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal, as well as several Special Service and Performance Awards.

November 2010

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