Dr. Vernon McDonald is a Senior Vice President in KBR’s Government Services segment, KBRwyle. Dr. McDonald received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. During his tenure with KBRwyle he has held a variety of leadership positions including development and execution of research programs performed on several space vehicles, managing KBRwyle’s space medicine support for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, and leading KBRwyle business development in the commercial space and federal science and technology markets.
Today he leads an organization of over 1200 engineering, science and technical professionals supporting a variety of US Federal and International customers including NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, Glenn Research Center and Ames Research Center, the European and Canadian Space Agencies, the US Air Force, NOAA, US Geological Survey and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Vernon has published over 25 refereed articles and book chapters, and presented at numerous conferences in the fields of biomechanics, neuroscience, space life sciences, human systems engineering and commercial human spaceflight. He has received a number of awards including NASA Group and Professional Achievement Awards, the NASA Silver Snoopy Award, and the KBRwyle Distinguished Service Award.