Kenneth Donald Cameron
Kenneth D. Cameron is Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) Program Manager for Safety and Mission Assurance Support Service Contract, which supports the NASA's Johnson Space Center.
Cameron, a former U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, was selected by NASA in May 1984 and became an astronaut in June 1985. Cameron served as the first NASA Director of Operations in Star City, Moscow, where he worked with the Cosmonaut Training Center staff to set up a support system for astronaut operations and training in Star City, and received Russian training in Soyuz and Mir spacecraft systems, and flight training in Russian L-39 aircraft. Cameron flew his first mission as pilot on Shuttle STS-37. This mission was launched on April 5, 1991, and featured the deployment of the Gamma Ray Observatory. On his second mission Cameron was spacecraft commander on STS-56 launched on April 8, 1993. Cameron commanded Atlantis on STS-74 launched on November 12, 1995. This was the NASA’s second Space Shuttle mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir, and the first mission to use the Shuttle to assemble a module and attach it to a Space Station, validating the procedures to be used in assembly of ISS.
Cameron left NASA in August of 1996 to join Hughes Training, Inc., a subsidiary of General Motors Corporation, as Executive Director of Houston Operations. In September of 1997, Cameron was transferred to Saab Automobile, AB, in Sweden, as Vehicle Line Executive for the Saab 9-3 automobile. Upon return to the U.S., he worked at the General Motors Technical Center, near Detroit, in positions in World Wide Purchasing, Supplier Technology Acquisition, and Research & Development, Fuel Cell Vehicle Development.
Following the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew, Cameron returned to the space program in October 2003, taking a founding position in the NASA Engineering & Safety Center (NESC) as a Principal Engineer, based at the NASA Langley Research Center, in Hampton, Virginia. In June 2005 Cameron was selected as Deputy Director for Safety of the NESC. Cameron retired from NASA in December of 2008 to join Northrop Grumman Corporation as the Director of Houston Operations for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
Cameron received the Legion of Merit, Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross (2), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V", NASA Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, NASA Space Flight Medals (3), Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Meritorious Unit Citation, the Admiral Louis de Flores Award (MIT), C.S. Draper Laboratory Fellowship, Marine Corps Association Leadership Sword.