President, Commercial Space Division, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies
Michael T. Suffredini is the President of the Commercial Space Division at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies. The Commercial Space Division focuses SGT's and its affiliated companies' spaceflight engineering, operations and hardware development capabilities on space related commercial opportunities. Before joining SGT, Mr. Suffredini had 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 led 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.