Program Element Manager
Game Changing Development Program
Space Technology Mission Directorate
Kevin Kempton received his BSE from the University of Central Florida and, prior to joining NASA in 2001, led a large software test team at Warner Robins AFB. While working as a project element manager in the Game Changing Development Program Office, he has also recently proposed and led the Mars Ice Home habitat design study through the Center Innovation Fund as well as a NASA Advanced Innovative Concepts Study called PHLOTE. Prior to joining GCD, Mr. Kempton managed the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) Sensor Development at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. While on ALHAT, Mr. Kempton planned, managed and executed the integration and flight test campaigns that led up to the successful flight test of the ALHAT system on the Morpheus vehicle at Kennedy Space Center. Prior to ALHAT, Mr. Kempton was the lead systems engineer for the CLARREO Climate Mission Development and was lead systems engineer and verification manager for the Ares I-X demonstration flight test. Mr. Kempton was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award as well as the Space Flight Awareness Award for leadership and innovations in systems engineering. Earlier Mr. Kempton was the project manager for the Reconfigurable Scaleable Computer Project as well as the Software Manager for the Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (GIFTS) Mission. Mr. Kempton has developed many software applications and tools for project management, systems engineering and test management.