SEMINAR: "Mars and Your Future" presented by Todd May, deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Todd May, deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, will present "Mars and Your Future" on Friday, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. in 113A Lowder. The event is hosted by Auburn University's Space Club.

Todd May
Deputy Director, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

Todd May, a 1990 alumnus of Auburn University in materials engineering, serves as deputy director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he manages the center's nearly 6,000 civil service and contractor employees and $2.5 billion annual budget.

Since 2011, May served as manager of the Space Launch System, a new large rocket that replaces the space shuttle to take astronauts and probes into space. The rocket is one of NASA's top three priority projects, with May overseeing its development at Marshall through its in-depth critical design review in July.

Previously, May managed the agency's robotic lunar program including the successful launch of two lunar probes in 2009. He also served as deputy associate administrator in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as the deputy manager of Marshall's Science and Mission Systems Office in a dual role as associate program manager of the Constellation Program, which looks to reenergize NASA human spaceflight efforts.

May has been honored with NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal and Leadership Medal, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive and the John W. Hager Award for professionalism in materials engineering. In 2014, he received Aviation Week's Program Excellence Award. May was named the Distinguished Auburn Engineer by Auburn's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in 2012 and received the college's Outstanding Auburn Engineer Award in 2010.

Friday, October 30, 2015, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
113A Lowder