Michael Kezirian

Dr. Kezirian is a former Associate Technical Fellow for the Boeing Company, most recently supporting the Commercial Crew Program (Boeing CST-100 Starliner). He was a design analyst for the Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) for the International Space Station In support of the Space Shuttle Program, he was the Boeing Vehicle Safety Lead for the Endeavour Vehicle and the lead analyst for the Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel (COPV) safety design team. He has developed satellite designs and supported mission operations in the propulsion and attitude control departments at TRW Space and Technology Group (now Northrop Grumman) and Hughes Space and Communication (now Boeing). Previously, Dr. Kezirian was a spacecraft autonomy engineer for government communication and commercial satellite programs at Boeing and a propulsion engineer at TRW Space and Technology (now Northrop Grumman) in Southern California.

Dr. Kezirian is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California where he leads a small research group and teaches the graduate-level space safety course in the Department of Astronautical Engineering. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a member of the AIAA’s Space Operations Support Technical Committee at the national level. Dr. Kezirian holds PhD and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.S degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University.

Dr. Kezirian is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Space Safety Engineering. He is the chairperson of the AIAA Aerospace Pressure Vessel Committee on Standards