Spring 2010:

Mar. 12 '10 "NASA - Exploration at a Crossroad" Russell Romanella, Associate Director for Engineering, NASA KSC


Mr. Romanella's talk is about the current Exploration Mission within NASA - where we are and where we are heading with the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs as well as the United States' robotic exploration of the solar system and our plan to return to the Moon and on to Mars.

Russell Romanella
Associate Director for Engineering

Romanella joined NASA in 1981 as a co-op student while attending Florida State University. After graduation in 1984 with a degree in mathematics and computer science, he joined NASA as an operations engineer in the Space Shuttle Processing Directorate. Romanella became project manager for the Payload Data Management System (PDMS) in 1990, responsible for the development, management and operations of this Management Information System, which supported all payload processing including Space Station, Shuttle and Expendable Launch Vehicle payloads.

In September 2003, Romanella became deputy director of the International Space Station/Payload Processing Directorate, and in November 2005, he became director of the same directorate. In this, his current position, Romanella is responsible for launch site ground processing of the International Space Station and Shuttle Payloads. While in these positions, critical elements of the International Space Station have been successfully assembled at KSC, tested, and launched to orbit. These critical space station elements, including both the ISS connecting nodes, the U.S. Laboratory, large solar arrays, airlock, and international partner elements such as the Columbus European laboratory, the Japanese Logistics Module, and the Canadian robotic system. These elements are now operating on orbit and supporting the largest, most complex space station in human history. In addition, Romanella is responsible for preparing the Kennedy Space Center for final assembly of the future human space launch vehicle: the Orion crew exploration vehicle.

Romanella has received numerous group achievement and performance awards, including NASA's Exceptional Service Award and the Center Director Award for his management and leadership efforts in preparing space station elements for launch at the Kennedy Space Center.