Special Assistant, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters. Among his duties as director of the ISS within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Sam Scimemi is responsible for safe and productive onboard operations and utilization, and implementing policy and programmatic direction.
He collaborates regularly with the White House and Congress, as well as with leaders of international space agencies around the world on issues related to human space flight. He has been instrumental in the development of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) and for the development of a commercial market in LEO.
Sam Scimemi has been a leader in human spaceflight for over 30 years. He started his career at Johnson Space Center on the Shuttle program and has since worked at four NASA centers: Johnson Space Center, Ames Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Headquarters.
His experience spans human space flight, Earth and space science, including programs such as the Space Shuttle, Hubble, the Space Station, SOFIA, NPP and many others.