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Jeremy W. Parsons serves as the deputy manager of NASA's Exploration Ground Systems Program.

Jeremy W. Parsons

Deputy Manager, Exploration Ground Systems

Jeremy W. Parsons is the deputy manager of NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Appointed to this position in July 2019, he, along with the program manager, is responsible for leading the government and contractor team that is preparing the ground systems, infrastructure, facilities and processes required to support NASA’s next-generation space launch systems and spacecraft and then processing those same vehicles for launch.


Parsons began his career with NASA in 2002 as a mission operations engineer for the International Space Station and Payload Processing Directorate at Kennedy. There, he was able to serve as the operations engineering lead for several space station missions, as well as payload launch and landing activities. Later, he was able to leverage that experience working for the Constellation Program leading cost and concept of operations assessments for vertical integration planning.

Parsons also spent time at NASA Headquarters supporting cost analysis for the Human Exploration Framework Team (HEFT). HEFT ultimately made many of the recommendations that resulted in the exploration architecture of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion vehicles. He was able to use his HEFT experience to serve as the NASA fellow to former U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, the chair of the Senate Science and Space Subcommittee. In this role, he served as the science and space advisor to the senator during a time of major transition at NASA. Upon his return from Washington D.C., Parsons assumed the role of technical manager, and eventually, branch chief of the Operations Integration Office within the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at Kennedy. 

Parsons has served in leadership positions across the EGS program, including deputy division chief of the project management division and senior project manager for launch accessories. In this capacity, he led the final fabrication and testing of the launch umbilicals for SLS and Orion. Later as the chief of the systems engineering and integration, he led the arm of the EGS program that acts as the primary technical integration voice within the program office. In this capacity, he was responsible for all requirements satisfaction, waivers, deviations, processes and coordination across SLS/Orion. He also assumed leadership of the Program Review Board and Joint Integration Control Board (PRB/JICB), which are the senior technical configuration control boards at the program and cross-program level. 


Parsons graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in engineering and later earned a master’s in industrial engineering from the University of Miami in 2010.


Parsons was born in Oakland, Calif., and grew up in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He lives in Merritt Island with his wife, Jessica, and is the father of two daughters.

Biography last updated August 2019