an Explore Mars Event

May 7-8, 2024

Jack Morton Auditorium,

The George Washington University

Washington D.C.

Michael Scott Elsperman

Boeing | Director of Exploration ISS Program

(i) Professional work experience:
• Director of Exploration, International Space Station Program, Space and Launch 2017-present
• Director, Advanced Space Exploration, Phantom Works/Space and Missile Systems 2008 - 2017
• Associate Program Manager, Program Integration, Boeing Space Shuttle Program 2007-2008
• Chief of Staff , Boeing Space Shuttle Program 2004-2007
• Director, System Engineering and Integration, Boeing Space Shuttle Program 2001-2004
• Manager, Ascent Flight Design, Space Shuttle Program, United Space Alliance 1990-2001
• Trajectory and Performance Engineer, General Dynamics 1987-1990
(ii) Professional expertise:
• Michael is a highly qualified senior Program Manager experienced in managing multi-million dollar projects and R&D proposals focused on Human Spaceflight, Space Science, and maturing space technologies. Key recent roles include Program Manager for the NextSTEP-2 BAA Habitation Systems, Power and Propulsion Element (PPE), and Human Landing System (HLS) Architecture and Risk Reduction contracts. Michael also has experience in all phases of Human Space Flight hardware development and certification including Shuttle Upgrades and Return to Flight. Other assignments included planetary and earth science mission proposal capture team leadership and technology development project leadership for advanced solar arrays, space power management systems, electric propulsion, autonomous systems, in-space habitats, lunar mobility systems, advanced optical sensors, cryogenic propellant management, extreme environment avionics, and advanced GNC systems. Michael possesses outstanding written and oral communications skills and is an effective communicator across all organizational levels.
• Michael has extensive program management experience with both small and large projects. Michael has managed over $100M annual operating budgets including facilities and infrastructure (software, computer systems, and instrumentation).
• Michael also has considerable Business Development experience including leading/supporting major proposal efforts for NASA science and technology development missions as well as program specific change orders proposals from his Shuttle management experience. Michael also possesses over 15 years’ experience in participating in the annual Long Range Business Plan (LRBP) development effort and managing annual IRAD project budgets covering the Space Exploration portfolio.
(iii) Professional preparation:
• B.S in Aerospace Engineering, San Diego State University 1987
• Program Management and Capture Team Leader Workshops, Boeing Leadership Center 2009-2018
(iv) Publications:
• Over 40 presentations, white papers, scientific posters, and conference panel memberships including the 2016 IAC, Goddard Space Flight Symposium, Keck Institute, Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable (STIGUR), Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Outer Planets and Small Bodies Assessment Groups.
(v) Professional affiliations:
• Charter member of the NASA led Space Technology Industry, Government, and University Round (STIGUR) Table 2014 - present
• National Chair, 2015 American Astronautical Society Guidance and Control Conference Low-Thrust Mission Planning Session, January 2015
• Chair, Scientific Goals in Robotics Missions session, International Academy of Astronautics Conference, January 2014