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Kenneth Shields

Acting Executive Director
ISS National Lab


Ken Shields is the Chief Operating Officer and Lead Executive at the Center for the Advancement of Science In Space(CASIS), managers of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. Ken first joined CASIS in 2012 and during his tenure has directed the flight operations department, served as the NASA Liaison, and led the CASIS STEM education department. In 2017, Ken was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Public Leadership Medal for excellence and innovation in broadening the commercial participation in space based R&D utilizing the International Space Station National Laboratory. Shields currently serves on the board of directors of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research as well as leading the executive planning committee of the ISS Research and Development Conference. In his current role as COO and Lead Executive for CASIS, Ken oversees all aspects of the organization’s business operations as his team seeks to advance our nation’s leadership in commercial space, pursue groundbreaking R&D not possible on Earth, and leverage the International Space Station to inspire the next generation.


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