Greenbelt, MD USA – SGT, Inc., a leading provider of Science, Engineering, Operations and IT Services today announced the appointment of Michael T. Suffredini as the President of the Commercial Space Division.
Michael T. Suffredini will lead the Commercial Space Division, a new enterprise for SGT. The Commercial Space Division will focus SGT’s and its affiliated companies’, spaceflight engineering, operations and hardware development capabilities on space related commercial opportunities. Through private and public/private partnerships the division expects to play a significant role in the development of low Earth orbit capabilities to support and foster the growing economy and commercialization of space. Dr. Kam Ghaffarian, the CEO and President of SGT stated “Mike’s experience and accomplishments are the perfect match for our Commercial Space Division and he will build a new future for SGT as we embark on the commercialization of space.”
For the last ten years Mr. Suffredini has served as NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) Program Manager with responsibility for the development, assembly, sustainment, operation and utilization of the 460 metric ton, permanently manned international Earth orbiting laboratory complex. This $3.5B per year, 15 nation project is the largest spacecraft ever built and with the international partnership represents the largest international peacetime project in human history. During his tenure, Mr. Suffredini successfully lead the transition of the ISS program from a development and assembly focus to a research and commercial utilization focus, establishing a platform for groundbreaking research and opening avenues for a new commercial marketplace in space.
Mr. Suffredini has over thirty years of experience in spaceflight, the last twenty six years with NASA. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Distinguished Service medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the National Air and Space Museum Trophy for Current Achievement and the Yuri Gagarin Medal. In addition, Michael has had both the Rank of Meritorious Executive and Rank of Distinguished Executive conferred upon him by the President of the United States.
SGT provides technology solutions and services to the United States government for space programs, national security and civilian operations. For more than 20 years, our dedicated staff of nearly 2,500 employees has delivered high-value engineering, mission operations, IT and science solutions that yield high-performing and cost-effective government programs.