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Kenneth Harris II

Kenneth Harris II

Keynote Speaker: NASA Engineer & STEM Advocate

Kenneth Harris II Biography

Acknowledged by Forbes Magazine amongst the world’s youngest and most impactful individuals in the field of science, Kenneth F. Harris II is known for delivering thoughtful and dynamic leadership on programs of critical national and international importance.

Dr. Harris is a Senior Project Engineer for The Aerospace Corporation contributing to both DoD and NASA payload missions. In this role, Dr. Harris is responsible for developing procedures and implementing processes to defend on orbit satellites from physical and cyber threats. The attainment of which leads to the successful data collection and orbital life of the mission. The satellite asset protection procedures and analysis will allow spacecrafts to be monitored for hackers and anomalous threats from the designated Operations Control Center.

Prior to this role, Dr. Harris served as the Deputy Lead Integration Engineer for the James Webb Space Telescope’s Integrated Science Instrument Module Electronic Components (ICE). Dr. Harris led a team of 10 engineers to successfully integrate, the main electronic payload of JWST, to the Backplane of the Optical Telescope Element (OTE) Primary Mirror. This was performed in North Americas largest cleanroom, the Space Systems Development And Integration Facility (SSDIF). Dr. Harris’ leadership on the JWST program ranks him as one of the youngest African Americans in NASA’s history to lead an integration effort on a multi-billion dollar satellite mission.

Since joining NASA in 2008 as an intern, Dr. Harris has held positions of increasing responsibility including; Mechanical Engineer, Integration & Testing Lab Manager, and Senior Systems Engineer. Dr. Harris’ honors and awards extend beyond his professional service to recognition of his tremendous leadership in the STEM field and international community. He currently serves as the District 7 Member of the Board of Education in his hometown of Prince George’s County Maryland. Through which he champions the importance of early STEM exposure and engagement. In 2018 Dr. Harris delivered a TEDx Talk to over 500+ students concerning the power of mentorship and guidance. He was internationally recognized in the Project Management Institute Future 50 in 2020 for his incredible leadership at NASA on the local and international level. Dr. Harris also serves as a Science Show Host for the Seeker: Elements Series capturing nearly 1M monthly views and has also appeared as a featured keynote speaker at a number of professional events, international conferences, and symposia.

Dr. Harris graduated with honors from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering; he then completed a Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University in Engineering Management and a Doctor of Engineering degree at George Washington University.

A lifelong Maryland resident Dr. Harris, his wife, and two children reside in Maryland. When not leading space programs or inspiring students to realize their full potential, Dr. Harris enjoys fine cuisine, traveling internationally, and reading Science-Fiction.

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Kenneth Harris II Speaking Topics

#Don'tQuit

There's no way around it. The STEM field is extremely challenging. From students doing all nighters in school, to leading professionals solving the worlds toughest problems. How do you find balance? Go on a personal journey with Kenneth as we explore the motivation behind his incredible career.

The Millennial's Mentor

A continuation of Kenneth's powerful TEDx Talk defining how mentorship and networking skills have helped to catapult careers across the industry. Echoing the need for mentor-mentee connections in STEM and how it will impact our future!

Building The Future

From starting with NASA at the age of 16 to leading the successful integration of a $10 Billion satellite! A dynamic, thought provoking, and captivating 14 year story that explores the engineering complexity behind some of our most ambitious missions to date. Leaving your audience dreaming of the impossible.

Over A Decade In STEM

From starting with NASA at the age of 16 to leading the successful integration of a $10 Billion satellite! A dynamic, thought provoking, captivating story that will leave your audience feeling that you're never too young to start!

Don't Have One? Get One!

A continuation of Kenneth's powerful TEDx Talk defining how mentorship and networking skills have helped to catapult his career to present day. Echoing the need for mentor-mentee connections in STEM and how it will impact our future!

Kenneth Harris II Videos

An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects • Kenneth Harris II
S3E61: NASA Projects with Kenneth Harris II
An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects

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Kenneth Harris II is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Space, Engineering, Technology, Science, Education, STEM Education, STEM, DEI, Diversity, Personal Growth, Leadership and Black Heritage.

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Kenneth Harris II generally travels from Upper Marlboro, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Kenneth Harris II is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Space, Engineering and Technology. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kenneth Harris II for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Kenneth Harris II generally travels from Upper Marlboro, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Alyssa Carson, Emily Calandrelli and Bethaney Wilkinson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kenneth Harris II for an upcoming event.

Kenneth Harris II Speaking Topics

  • #Don'tQuit

    There's no way around it. The STEM field is extremely challenging. From students doing all nighters in school, to leading professionals solving the worlds toughest problems. How do you find balance? Go on a personal journey with Kenneth as we explore the motivation behind his incredible career.

  • The Millennial's Mentor

    A continuation of Kenneth's powerful TEDx Talk defining how mentorship and networking skills have helped to catapult careers across the industry. Echoing the need for mentor-mentee connections in STEM and how it will impact our future!

  • Building The Future

    From starting with NASA at the age of 16 to leading the successful integration of a $10 Billion satellite! A dynamic, thought provoking, and captivating 14 year story that explores the engineering complexity behind some of our most ambitious missions to date. Leaving your audience dreaming of the impossible.

  • Over A Decade In STEM

    From starting with NASA at the age of 16 to leading the successful integration of a $10 Billion satellite! A dynamic, thought provoking, captivating story that will leave your audience feeling that you're never too young to start!

  • Don't Have One? Get One!

    A continuation of Kenneth's powerful TEDx Talk defining how mentorship and networking skills have helped to catapult his career to present day. Echoing the need for mentor-mentee connections in STEM and how it will impact our future!

Kenneth Harris II Videos

An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects • Kenneth Harris II
S3E61: NASA Projects with Kenneth Harris II
An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects
NASA Engineer Kenneth Harris II on the Importance of Failure ...

Kenneth Harris II Reviews

  • Kenneth did a great job, and his talk was well-received!
    3M - Nov 22 2023

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