Senior Vice President of KBR’s Science and Space (S&S) Business Unit
Todd May is the senior vice president of KBR’s Science and Space (S&S) Business Unit. He leads a diverse team of nearly 4,000 employees worldwide that generates over $1 billion in annual revenue and provides world class research, engineering and technology development, information systems, and operations and missions solutions. S&S serves customers of national and strategic import such as NASA, DoD, NOAA, USGS, Department of Transportation (DoT), and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Prior to this role, May served as the vice president of KBR’s Systems Analysis and Services Division.
Culminating a 28 year career, May retired from NASA as the director of its Marshall Space Flight Center. In this role, May led one of NASA’s largest field installations, with almost 6,000 civil service and contractor employees, an annual budget of over $3 billion and a broad spectrum of human spaceflight, science, and technology development missions.
Over his career, May has held numerous program management and leadership positions, including program manager of the Space Launch System (SLS), deputy associate administrator in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters, program manager of the Discovery and New Frontiers robotic exploration programs, and program manager of the Lunar Precursor Robotics Program. He was a key leader on the Gravity Probe B mission to study Einstein’s theory of Relativity, and was the project manager for the International Space Station Quest airlock development. He worked on the space station Russian integration team, and began his NASA career in the Materials Laboratory at Marshall Space Flight Center.
May holds a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Auburn University. His awards include NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal, Outstanding Leadership Medal and Distinguished Service Medal and the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive. In 2014, he received Aviation Week’s Program Excellence Award, as well as the Rotary Stellar Award in recognition of the SLS team’s many accomplishments. In 2016, May was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the AIAA Von Braun Award for Excellence in Program Management. In 2017, he received the American Society for Engineering Management’s Engineering Manager of the Year Award. In 2018, he received the Aerospace States Association National Award for Distinguished Service. In 2018, he received the National Space Club’sAstronautics Engineer Award. May has been named a Distinguished Engineer by his alma mater, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, and a Fellow of the American Astronautical Society.