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    Joy Bryant Bio

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    Joy L. Bryant

    Vice President & Program Manager, International Space Station
    Space Exploration Boeing Defense, Space & Security


    Joy Bryant, as the vice president and program manager, International Space Station (ISS) leads the Boeing team in its key integrating role for NASA’s ISS Program. Her responsibilities include providing vehicle sustaining engineering, as well as overall integration, assembly and operations of the ISS orbiting laboratory. Boeing completed the assembly of the U.S. on-orbit segment of the ISS in 2010. The multi-billion dollar contract requires the coordination of approximately 1,200 Boeing employees in four major locations, subcontractors and suppliers located across the United States and contributions from the 15 ISS international partners.


    Previously, Bryant was the chief engineer for Space Exploration where she was responsible for overall management and strategic direction for Space Exploration Engineering on the ISS, Space Shuttle and Constellation programs. In this position Bryant established effective engineering processes and architecture to ensure consistent engineering processes across the enterprise. This integrated approach has been instrumental in preparing Space Exploration for upcoming transformational programs while continuing to ensure safe support of foundational NASA human space flight and launch systems programs. 


    Bryant previously served as director of Delta Launch Operations, responsible for managing Delta II and Delta IV launch operations at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base. In this role, she led launch activities for the successful inaugural flight of Delta IV. Prior to that, she was director of NASA Delta Launch Programs, responsible for managing NASA’s Delta II and Delta IV launch vehicle programs. She managed three NASA launch systems programs and led two successful proposal teams generating over $5B of new business and extending NASA’s “work horse,” the Delta II launch vehicle program.


    Bryant began her career with McDonnell Douglas on the Delta II program at the Cape Canaveral launch site in 1986. Her career spans over 24 years in launch site engineering/operations management, program management, as well as critical technical roles in space craft mission success, including serving as Chief Launch Conductor, Launch Director and Mission Director of an expendable launch vehicle system.


    Bryant’s academic achievements include a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University, AL.