Kennedy News

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center

Nov. 4, 2002
RELEASE : 108-02
Ramon Lugo III Named Deputy Director, Expendable Launch Vehicles & Payload Carriers Program At Kennedy Space Center
Ramon Lugo III has been appointed deputy director of the Expendable Launch Vehicles (ELV) & Payload Carriers Program at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), effective Nov. 10, 2002.

In this capacity, Lugo will serve as the ELV and Payload Carriers Program strategic interface to the Space Transportation System (STS) programs and the International Space Station (ISS). He will work with the U.S. Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and other government agencies to establish beneficial partnerships and will be the contact for strategic contract outsourcing and industrial base issues, and for the assessment of business cases. He will be the program interface to KSC on processing facilities and institutional issues affecting KSC's launch services capabilities.

Lugo currently serves as executive director of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Management Office (CCSMO). He has also served in numerous positions at KSC in Space Shuttle, payloads, ELV and installation operations. His first role at KSC was as an engineer in the construction and modification branch, responsible for construction modifications to Launch Complex 39A in preparation for the first Space Shuttle launch.

Since then, Lugo has served in several managerial roles, to include chief, Business Office, Joint Performance Management Office (JPMO) which preceded the CCSMO, deputy director, Expendable Launch Vehicle Services, manager, Facilities and Support Equipment Division, Space Station Project Office and acting director, Expendable Launch Vehicle Services. From May 1994-Feb. 1995, he served a dual assignment at Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, Texas and NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. working on Space Station redesign.

In 1995, Lugo was selected to attend the Harvard Program for Management Development. He has received numerous awards and recognition, including two NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals for his contributions to the Galileo mission and the Space Station redesign. He also received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for his role in the ELV program transition.

Lugo was born in Ft. Fairfield, Maine. He graduated from Merritt Island High School, Merritt Island, Fla., in 1975. After high school, he went on to earn a bachelor degree in engineering from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla., in 1979. He completed a master's degree in engineering management in 1982 at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla.

Susan Kroskey, currently serving as deputy director of CCSMO, will assume the role of acting executive director until further notice.


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