April 22, 2015 – William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Human Exploration & Operations Directorate, will give a plenary address at the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention, August 13-16, 2015 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In his current position, Gerstenmaier provides strategic direction for all aspects of the agency’s human exploration of space and cross-agency space support functions of space communications and space launch vehicles.
In addition, Gerstenmaier provides programmatic direction for the continued operation and utilization of the International Space Station (ISS), development of the Space Launch System (SLS) and the Orion spacecraft, and is providing strategic guidance and direction for the commercial crew and cargo programs that will provide logistics and crew transportation for the ISS program.
Gersteinmaier received a Bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue University in 1977 and a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toledo in 1981. In 1992-93, he completed course work for a doctorate in dynamics and control with emphasis in propulsion at Purdue University. In addition, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including three NASA Certificates of Commendation, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, a Senior NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award, and Distinguish Executive Presidential Rank Award.