Reliability, Maintenance & Managing Risk Conference

July 27-28, 2023
Minneapolis, Minnesota
R&M Resilience to a Rapidly Changing Environment

Keynote Speaker – Shelley Ford

Product Safety Officer, Collins Aerospace

Professional Background

Before joining Raytheon, Shelley spent her career working at Kennedy Space Center supporting NASA
programs, holding positions of increasing responsibility:
• Lead airframe engineer on the Space Shuttle Columbia
• Vehicle manager of the Space Shuttle
• Chief Patent Counsel within the Office of the Chief Counsel
• Key representative on a multi-billiondollar Commercial Crew Program contract certifying new commercial launch vehicles and spacecraft to carry astronauts from U.S. soil to the
International Space Station.


• She is the recipient of several NASA awards including a Silver Achievement Medal and a Silver
Snoopy, given by astronauts to less than 1% of the NASA workforce each year.
• Shelley has also received the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished New Engineer


• Juris Doctorate from Barry University School of Law
• Master of Science in space science from Florida Institute of Technology
• Bachelor of Science in mathematics (with minors in physics and space studies) from Bemidji State University.


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