Robert Button

Deputy Chief, Power Division
NASA Glenn Research Center


Rob Button has 32 years of aerospace electrical power experience at NASA and is currently serving dual roles as Deputy Chief of the Power Division at the NASA Glenn Research Center, and Deputy Technical Fellow for Electrical Power for the NASA Engineering Safety Center (NESC). His early career involved development of the International Space Station (ISS) power generation and distribution system, development of satellite power systems with industry, and research into modular and intelligent power system technologies. From 2007-2009 Mr. Button served as power system lead engineer on the Altair lunar lander project, and since then has managed engineering organizations at NASA Glenn. During that time he has led teams to resolve power and avionics failures that were preventing delivery of the Space Communication and Networking (SCaN) Testbed to ISS, and has greatly impacted astronaut safety by helping lead a battery safety engineering project to significantly enhance the safety of lithium-ion batteries for crewed vehicles. Major awards include an NESC Leadership Award, a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal.


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