Amanda Mitskevich is the program manager of the Launch Services Program at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where she is responsible for overseeing NASA’s provision and management of domestic commercial launch services for robotic missions. She ensures overall mission success through leading, managing and directing the progress of planning and acquisition of launch services, commercial launch vehicle engineering and analysis, mission integration, launch vehicle production, launch site processing, launch campaigns and launch. Prior to her current position, she served as the program’s deputy program manager. She has been employed with NASA for over 30 years.
Previously, Mitskevich was the chief of the Flight Projects Office in the Launch Services Program. This office provides the mission management of the launch service across NASA’s commercial launch vehicle fleet. During her tenure, the mission managers, under her direction, managed over 30 successful missions through launch and implemented many cross-cutting processes to enable consistent and customer-focused management of the missions. Before becoming the office chief, Mitskevich was a mission manager in the Launch Services Program, where she successfully led several mission teams for spacecraft that were managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Marshall Space Flight Center and Goddard Space Flight Center; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and private industry. Additionally, in 1998, she was instrumental in transitioning and consolidating major elements of the Launch Services Program from Goddard Space Flight Center and Glenn Research Center to Kennedy Space Center.
Her previous experience includes several Shuttle Operations positions, managing projects, such as implementation of improvements to aid in more efficient orbiter processing operations, optimization of the Orbiter Logistics resources for sparing orbiter hardware, and implementation of new processes for award fee evaluation of the contractors across all logistics elements. Additionally, she served as a management intern to Kennedy Space Center’s director.
Mitskevich has received numerous achievement and performance honors throughout her career. She was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Central Florida, where she received her Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and was featured in the “Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine.” Mitskevich is a registered professional engineer and holds a Federal Acquisition Certification in Project management. Her honors also include NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, and the Florida National Space Club’s Debus Award.