Director of Kennedy Space Center Janet Petro Keynotes MOAACC’s October Lunch
By Space Coast Daily // October 19, 2023
recipient of numerous service and performance awards
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The October MOAACC luncheon guest speaker was Janet Petro, the Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Petro began her professional career as a commissioned officer in the US Army after graduating in 1981 from the US Military Academy at West Point, New York with a BS degree in engineering.
She was in the second class of West Point graduates to include women. Petro also holds an MS degree in business administration from Boston University’s Metropolitan College. She is a 1977 graduate of Satellite High School.
Prior to joining NASA, Petro served in various management positions for Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Corp.
At SAIC, Petro held a number of management positions within the corporation’s operations. She interfaced with NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, and commercial entities on numerous aerospace and military programs.
At McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, Petro advanced from mechanical engineer and payload manager to multiple management positions including program manager for executing a classified, multimillion-dollar U.S. Department of Defense Program, to senior manager for the Communications and Data Systems Division.
Petro is the recipient of numerous service and performance awards. She received the 2022 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award by the National Space Club Florida Committee for her contributions to America’s aerospace efforts within the state of Florida.
She helped lead the senior management team that was awarded the 2019 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Sammies Management Excellence Medal.
She also is the recipient of a President’s Distinguished Executive award and has received the astronaut-selected Silver Snoopy award for outstanding performance for contributing to flight safety and mission success.
In 2018, Petro was selected by Florida Governor Rick Scott for induction in the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.
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