photo of Michael Suffredini

Five alumni were elected Distinguished Engineering Graduates of The University of Texas at Austin and honored Dec. 6 during fall commencement ceremonies. Michael Suffredini, B.S. A.S.E., 1983, was one of the five recipients.

The Cockrell School’s Engineering Advisory Board makes the annual selections, which are based on outstanding professional records, public service, support of education, and other significant achievements

Michael Suffredini earned his bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas in 1983 and today is manager of NASA's International Space Station Program. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management, development, integration, and operation of NASA's International Space Station Program, a $2.5 billion per year, 16-nation program. He also leads policy development, international partner negotiations, and the overall safety and health of the crew and on-orbit vehicle of the International Space Station Program.

Michael joined NASA in January 1989. Prior to assuming his current role, he held various positions managing NASA's International Space Station Program operations. These positions included deputy program manager and manager of NASA's International Space Station Operations Integration, Vehicle Development, and Payloads Office. He also served as assistant manager of the Space Shuttle Program. NASA's International Space Station Program encompasses the design, manufacture, testing, and delivery of complex space flight hardware and software and its integration with modules from international partners into a fully functional and operating permanently staffed space station. The research facility on-orbit assembly began in 1998 and has been continuously staffed since the first resident crew entered the station on November 2, 2000.

Michael has received many special honors and awards, including a 1994 Certificate of Commendation, the 1998 NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the 2003 Space Flight Awareness Leadership Award, the U.S. President's 2005 Rank of Meritorious Executive, the 2006 Yuri Gagarin Medal awarded by the Cosmonautics Federation of Russia, and the 2007 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Michael lives in Houston. He has two children, John and Christine.