William Gerstenmaier

William Gerstenmaier is associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. He provides strategic direction for all aspects of NASA's human exploration of space and cross-agency support functions. Named associate administrator for space operations in 2005, he oversaw the last 21 shuttle missions, during which the International Space Station was completed. Before that, he headed the orbital maneuvering vehicle operations office at Johnson Space Center. In 1998, he was named operations manager for the space shuttle program. In 2000, he was named deputy manager of the ISS program and two years later became manager. He also served as Shuttle-Mir program operations manager. He joined NASA in 1977. Gerstenmaier holds a B.A. from Purdue University and a master's from the University of Toledo. At Purdue, he also completed course work for a doctorate in dynamics and control with emphasis on propulsion. [+]