Kelvin Manning has served as deputy director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida since July 2021. In this capacity, Manning shares responsibility with KSC Director Janet Petro in managing the Kennedy team of civil service and contractor employees, determining and implementing center policy, and managing and executing Kennedy missions and agency program responsibilities.
Manning previously served as the center’s associate director for 11 years. In 1992, Manning began his career at KSC and served in a number of positions, including flow director for space shuttle Atlantis, chief engineer (acting) for shuttle upgrades, vehicle manager for space shuttle Columbia, and NASA test director. Later, Manning was selected as KSC’s first division chief for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. More recently, he served on the last three NASA Astronaut Candidate Selection Boards.
After graduating from Aberdeen High School in Aberdeen, MD, Manning went on to obtain his BS from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. In addition, Manning has an MS in industrial engineering from the UCF in Orlando and has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
As an Air Force officer, Manning served six years as a space operations analyst, stationed at Eglin AFB, FL, and Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs. Following his military service and prior to joining NASA, Manning was an engineer with GE Aerospace, and McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company.
Manning has received numerous awards, including the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the astronauts' Silver Snoopy Award, National Black Engineer of the Year Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in Government, NASA Public Service Award, Department of Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal, and National Eagle Scout Association Outstanding Eagle Scout Award.