Ken Shields serves as the Director of Operations for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). In this role, he is responsible for the planning and execution of activities focused on sponsored projects and payloads destined for the ISS National Laboratory. This includes identifying appropriate resources and technology partners for facilitating payload development, testing, integration, and successful execution of flight projects. Additionally, CASIS educational outreach programs fall under the purview of the Operations department, for which Shields directs a broad spectrum of space-related education and training programs for students, teachers, and the general public by leveraging the ISS National Lab as a novel education platform. Per his duties as Director of Operations, Shields serves as a critical interface to the NASA ISS National Lab Manager, the ISS Program Science Office, and the ISS Payloads Office.
Through management positions with private commercial companies in the fields of intermodal transportation and third party logistics, Shields brings to CASIS more than 20 years of expertise and experience in specialized logistics, project management, customer service, and business operations.
Shields received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in Transportation and Logistics with a minor in Management.