Dr. Keith Woodman is NASA’s SBIR operations manager for the agency’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. He began his career at NASA in 1988 and spent the first part of his career developing technologies for many of NASA’s aeronautic, science, and spaceflight projects. He has a passion for helping people who are developing technologies succeed, especially small companies. He led the design and integration of a hydrogen leak detection system onto the Discovery Space Shuttle and he is the co-inventor of a patented and licensed data acquisition system for vehicles and structures. Since transitioning from systems development, his career has been dedicated to technology assessment and management for many of NASA’s major programs.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from Christopher Newport University; a Masters of Engineering Management from George Washington University, concentrating in technology assessment; and a Doctorate from Old Dominion University for Engineering Management, concentrating in complex systems analysis and development. In addition, since 2011, he has also served as an adjunct professor for the American Public University System’s Space Studies Department where he has taught over 70 graduate-level classes.