TUG 2017 Keynote Speaker 

Dinner Speaker – November 8, Kennedy Space Center

Kenneth D. Cameron
Former Astronaut, Colonel USMC (Ret)

As a Global Executive and former Astronaut, Ken joined SAIC as Vice President and Manager of the Risk & Reliability Solutions Division and Program Manager of the NASA Johnson Space Center Safety & Mission Assurance Support Services Contract, in January of 2011. He came to SAIC following a career that includes service as a Marine Corps Officer in Infantry combat duty, Naval Aviation as a Jet Pilot and Test Pilot, and assignment with NASA as a Space Shuttle Pilot & Commander (3 missions). In addition to his space flight duties, Ken was assigned by NASA as the first NASA Director of Operations in Russia, to initiate joint US-Russian space operations and training. After that, he commanded the Space Shuttle, Atlantis, on a mission to the Russian station, Mir, to add a new module to the station and to develop and test the procedures used by future Shuttle missions in the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS).

After departing NASA, Colonel Cameron was employed by Hughes Aircraft as Executive Director of a business unit responsible for the development of crew training simulators for the Shuttle and the ISS. Following a corporate spin-off, he was assigned as the Vehicle Line Executive for the Saab 9-3 automobile, on an international assignment for General Motors, in Sweden. Upon his return to the US, he was assigned to GM World-wide Purchasing, as Director of Supplier Technology Acquisition.

Following the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Ken returned to NASA in a Senior Executive Service capacity, as a founding member and Deputy Director for Safety of the NASA Engineering & Safety Center (NESC). With the start of the new Lunar Lander Program, Ken took a position with Northrop Grumman as Director of Houston Operations and Systems Safety Leader for the Altair Lunar Lander DDT&E contract competition.

Ken has earned a BS and MS Degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was awarded the Luis de Flores Prize for Innovation and was a Research Fellow at Draper Laboratory, and an MBA from Michigan State University. He is a graduate of the US Navy Test Pilot School and is a decorated Veteran. He has been trained in foreign languages and operated in three different international assignments. At SAIC he has earned certification by the Project Management Institute as both a Project Management Professional and a Risk Management Professional, and by the American Society for Quality as a Certified Reliability Engineer.


TUG 2017 Featured Speaker 

Welcome Session – November 8, 8:00 a.m.

Frank DiBello
Spec Florida President & CEO

Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO, was selected in May 2009 to lead Space Florida, which is the principal state agency for aerospace-related economic development, and the Space Authority for the State of Florida. In his position, he develops and executes programs designed to attract, retain and grow aerospace business across the state. Additionally, Mr. DiBello focuses on Florida aerospace workforce development and retention as well as international partnership development.

Mr. DiBello holds more than 50 years of direct aerospace, defense and emerging space industry-related experience. Frank spent more than 20 years at KPMG, in various management positions where he was responsible for guiding the firm’s aerospace industry consulting practice, heavily focused on support of major aerospace merger, acquisitions and consolidations. He founded KPMG’s Space Industry Practice — focused on new space businesses, taking major satellite programs to Wall Street for financing and led the effort to develop commercial uses of the International Space station (ISS).

Mr. DiBello served on President Reagan’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission, and was responsible for management of the teams reviewing the Departments of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NASA. The Commission produced recommendations on ways to save $424 billion of waste in the Federal Government over three years. For his service to the Nation in this Commission, he was presented with a Presidential Citation. We look forward to hearing about his experiences and how he has been instrumental in moving the space industry forward.