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Chad Brown

Division Chief, Future Systems Projects Office, Exploration Ground Systems

Chad E. Brown is the division chief for the Future Systems Projects Office in Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In this position, Brown is focused on supporting future Artemis campaign efforts and providing the strategic framework for how the unique skills developed in the EGS Program can be leveraged to make the enterprise more successful.


Most recently, Brown served as the branch chief for the Technical Process Management Branch in the EGS Systems Engineering and Integration Division. From 2015 to 2017, he served as the advanced planning and payload integration manager, where he served as the senior program technical integration manager for payloads manifested on the Space Launch System (SLS), such as the Artemis I secondary payloads, Europa Clipper, and Gateway’s International Habitation Module.

Prior to that, Brown served as the SLS lead flight integration engineer and SLS liaison for the Launch Vehicle Branch of the Flights systems and Operations Integration Division within the former Ground Systems Development and Operation Program (GSDO, now EGS) at the center.

Brown began his career at Kennedy in 2004 and contributed to major NASA programs, including Launch Services, Constellation, and GSDO. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the Ares V project manager and Ares I upper stage mechanical project manager for the Constellation Ground Operations Project in support of the agency’s Constellation Program.

From 2004 to 2007 he was a structural engineer for the Launch Services Program (LSP). In this position, he was responsible for insight and oversight of LSP flight hardware with primary responsibility for large composite flight structures.


Brown is the recipient of several NASA awards, including the Exceptional Service Medal, Exceptional Achievement Medal, Space flight Awareness Program’s Honoree Award, and multiple peer awards.


Brown graduated from Southern Nash High School in Bailey, North Carolina, in 1987. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University in 2004.


He currently resides in Merritt Island, Florida, with his wife, Lisa, and their two children. Brown enjoys weekends with his family on the water and is a driving enthusiast.  

Biography last updated February 2024