Michael S. Kelly was selected as chief engineer for the Office of Commercial Space Transportation in 2010. Previously, Mr. Kelly was the vice president for Technology, APFC, Inc. Prior to that position, he was vice president of Operations for the X PRIZE Cup. He is the founder and former chairman of Kelly Space and Technology, Inc. (KST), San Bernardino, California.
Before establishing KST, Mr. Kelly worked for TRW, Inc. As the program manager of the System Engineering and Technical Assistance program, which supported the Air Force Peacekeeper and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile programs. In 1989, Mr. Kelly worked under the direction of Daniel Goldin, then TRW Vice President and subsequently NASA Administrator, to develop TRW's family of launch vehicles.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Mr. Kelly served as a member of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) from 1998 to 2008. As a COMSTAC member, he established the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group and served as the chair of that working group for the duration of his membership.