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Anton Kiriwas

Senior Technical Integration Manager, Exploration Ground Systems

Anton Kiriwas is the senior technical integration manager (STIM) for the Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As the STIM, Kiriwas will serve as the senior launch project engineer (LPE) for the crewed Artemis II launch, chair the Program Review Board, and advise program management on risks.


Before stepping into his new role, Kiriwas was an LPE within the Vehicle Integration Office of EGS, where he served as a lead for the operations project engineers (OPE) who staffed the integration console throughout the testing and processing of the Artemis I launch vehicle and spacecraft. As an LPE, he was responsible for integrating with the various engineering discipline experts within the firing room, as well as the support teams from other NASA centers and contractors, if they were required to diagnose, troubleshoot, and attempt to resolve issues and anomalies occurring on any of the various flight or ground elements.

Prior to becoming an LPE, Kiriwas served within the OPE Office as the technical lead for the Ground-to-Flight Application Software (GFAS) Project. This project was made up of 10 teams who were responsible for the development, testing, and deployment of the firing room application software necessary for the processing and launch of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. 

Before joining the OPE Office, he worked within the Engineering Directorate at Kennedy as a ground systems electrical and software design engineer. He served as the lead electrical designer for the thermal control subsystem and the launch release subsystem on the mobile launcher. Additionally, in his time in Engineering, he worked for the Orion program as the hardware lead for Orion electrical ground support equipment.

Kiriwas began his career at Kennedy working for United Space Alliance on the Space Shuttle Program as a software developer for the math model group, developing simulations that were utilized in both testing and validation of the ground software used in processing and launch of the space shuttle, as well as training the engineers within the firing room. 


Kiriwas graduated from River Ridge High School before attending the University of Central Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science in 2004, followed by a Master of Science degree in computer science in 2006. He later earned a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida.


Kiriwas was born in Rochester, New York, and relocated to Tampa Bay, Florida, at a young age. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida, with his family.

Biography last updated February 2023