Title: Director of Education
Duties: Educator Program Manager, Instructor
Background: Mr. Kennedy’s outreach efforts at the NASTAR Center focus on promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Mr. Kennedy has over 35 years’ educational experience including serving as the former Associate Curator for Manned Space Flight at the National Air and Space Museum, where he was curator for the Smithsonian’s exhibits on aerospace medicine, Project Apollo, and rocketry. He was also Executive Director of the Space Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico and served on the Education Committee of the International Astronautical Federation and chaired the Education Committee of the National Association of Rocketry.
Mr. Kennedy has authored, co-authored, or edited eight books and dozens of articles on rocketry and space flight and was invited to present an historical overview on piloted high altitude balloon projects to a NASA Manned Ballooning Workshop in 2007. Mr. Kennedy is an Instructor for the NASTAR Camp summer programs for K-12 students, Teacher Professional Development Programs, and for the Space Training programs for commercial spaceflight crew and passengers. Mr. Kennedy has also served as a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America for the Space Exploration Badge.
Mr. Kennedy has a Bachelor of Arts in History from University College, University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. He has received a certificate for completing the Full Pressured Suit Assembly, Maintenance and Repair course at the David Clark Company in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mr. Kennedy holds professional memberships with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the British Interplanetary Society (BIS).