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STA Luncheon With NASA MSFC Center Director Todd May

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Location: Capitol Hill Club, Roosevelt & Taft Rooms, 4th floor, Washington, DC, US,

The Space Transportation Association is hosting a luncheon with Todd May, Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, on Thursday October 12th from 11:30am – 1:00pm
Topic? Director May will be providing an update on Marshall Space Flight Center in 2017 and beyond.
When? Thursday, October 12th, 11:30am – 1:00pm.
Where? Capitol Hill Club, Roosevelt & Taft Rooms, 4th floor.
Metro / Parking? Nearest Metro stop is Capitol South.  There is limited street parking, as well as a parking garage at 1st and D St. SE.
Price? No charge, this event is a Widely Attended Gathering.  Details below.
RSVP?  RSVP by Wednesday, August 9.
Attendees? Two representatives per company.
Register? To register, email Rich Coleman at or
phone Rich at 703-855-3917.  Event is by invitation only.
Look forward to seeing you!
Rich Coleman
Space Transportation Association
Phone: 703-855-3917

More on WAG:  House, Senate, and Executive Branch employees, please contact your Ethics Counselor prior to the event to determine if you are authorized to accept free attendance under WAG rule (5 CFR 2635.204 (g)). If your Ethics Counselor deems you must pay to attend; the fair market value is $20.

Director Todd May

Todd May is director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Named to the position in February 2016, he heads one of NASA's largest field installations, with nearly 6,000 on- and near-site civil service and contractor employees -- including those at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which is managed by the Marshall Center -- and an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion. May manages a broad range of propulsion, scientific and space transportation activities contributing to the nation's space program.

May was appointed deputy director of Marshall in August 2015 and served as acting director from November 2015 until being appointed director. Prior to that, he was manager of the Space Launch System program since August 2011. SLS, now under development, is the most powerful rocket ever built, able to carry astronauts in NASA's Orion spacecraft on deep space missions, including to an asteroid and ultimately to Mars. The program is managed at Marshall, and May led SLS through a series of milestones, including engine tests and an in-depth critical design review.

From June 2008 until becoming SLS program manager, May was Marshall’s associate director, technical, where he was responsible for ensuring that all center activities, processes and policies are consistent with the nation's Space Exploration Policy. He was a deputy associate administrator in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington from 2007-08, responsible for a $5 billion portfolio of robotic programs and projects, including more than 100 spacecraft at various stages of formulation, development and operations.

In 2006 at Marshall, he was associate program manager for the Constellation Program. At the same time, he also served as deputy director of Marshall's Science and Mission Systems Office, helping lead the organization responsible for all Marshall non-launch vehicle programs and projects. In 2004, he was manager of the Discovery and New Frontiers Programs, which were created to explore the solar system with frequent unmanned spacecraft missions.

May managed the successful integration, launch and commissioning of the International Space Station's Quest airlock in 1998. He also joined the team that launched the Gravity Probe B mission to test Einstein's general theory of relativity. In 1994, he was deputy program manager of the Russian Integration Office for the International Space Station Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. May's NASA career began at Marshall in 1991 as an engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory.

A native of Fairhope, Alabama, May earned a bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, in 1990. His many awards include NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal and the John W. Hager Award for professionalism in materials engineering. He has been named a Distinguished Engineer by his alma mater, Auburn University. In 2014, he received Aviation Week's Program Excellence Award, as well as the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation’s Stellar Award in recognition of the SLS team’s many accomplishments.

May and his wife, Kelly, have four children and live in Huntsville.

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