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Director for Mission Operations; CIO: Sean E. McMorrow

Sean E. McMorrow

Armstrong Associate Director for Mission Support

Sean E. McMorrow is the associate director for Mission Support at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Appointed to this position in 2019, he is responsible for the center’s acquisition, transportation, logistics, facility maintenance and engineering, human resources, protective services, and export control in support of the center’s mission of advancing science and technology through flight.


Previously, McMorrow was the director for Mission Operations and the chief information officer for NASA Armstrong. As director, he was responsible for the development, acquisition, operation, and sustainment of the Dryden Aeronautical Test Range (DATR), Simulation Engineering, and Information Technology (IT) Services capabilities for the user community. Specific capabilities included information technology systems, IT security, flight test range operations, research aircraft telemetry, mission control rooms, air-to-ground communications, ground communications, flight data processing, and advanced flight simulations.

As chief information officer (CIO), his principal responsibility was to ensure the center mission and mission support IT investments aligned with agency enterprise architecture and standards while ensuring a safe and effective IT operating environment. As a member of the agency CIO Leadership Team (CLT), he provided center perspective to agency-wide policy decisions while ensuring local compliance with agency policy and direction.

McMorrow brings to his role at NASA Armstrong more than 30 years of collective experience in leadership, program management, information technology, flight test engineering, and software development. He served in a variety of leadership positions while employed at Edwards Air Force Base and private industry.

Prior to joining NASA Armstrong (then Dryden) in early 2011, McMorrow was director of the Plans and Programs Directorate at Edwards Air Force Base where he led a staff of more than 40 personnel. Other assignments included deputy chief information officer and deputy director of the Information Technology Directorate, later the 95th Communications Group.


McMorrow earned a Bachelor of Science in information systems from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, California, and a Master of Science in management from Golden Gate University in California.