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Kenneth Harris II

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NASA Engineer & STEM Advocate

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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.

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!

  • Get That Internship!

    There's no way around it students have to participate in internships! In this discussion, Kenneth will focus on the challenges encountered in high school & undergraduate studies related to securing internships. Then help to navigate these challenges and secure valuable internship experience.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kenneth Harris II for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kenneth Harris II for your next private or corporate function.
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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.

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!

  • Get That Internship!

    There's no way around it students have to participate in internships! In this discussion, Kenneth will focus on the challenges encountered in high school & undergraduate studies related to securing internships. Then help to navigate these challenges and secure valuable internship experience.

Kenneth Harris II Videos

  • An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects • Kenneth Harris II
    In his talk, he'll tell you how he got to the point of flinging complex metal objects into the dark sky. He's completed everything from radiation...
  • S3E61: NASA Projects with Kenneth Harris II
  • An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects

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  • How to book Kenneth Harris II?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kenneth Harris II for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Kenneth Harris II, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kenneth Harris II or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Kenneth Harris II?

    Speaking fees for Kenneth Harris II, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Kenneth Harris II charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kenneth Harris II, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Kenneth Harris II?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kenneth Harris II for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kenneth Harris II for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kenneth Harris II or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kenneth Harris II or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Kenneth Harris II is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as #Don'tQuit, The Millennial's Mentor , Building The Future , Over A Decade In STEM, Don't Have One? Get One! and Get That Internship!. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kenneth Harris II for your event is $5,000 - $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 Aprille Ericsson, Emily Calandrelli, Alyssa Carson, Michael Lutomski and Bethaney Wilkinson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kenneth Harris II for an upcoming live or virtual 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!

  • Get That Internship!

    There's no way around it students have to participate in internships! In this discussion, Kenneth will focus on the challenges encountered in high school & undergraduate studies related to securing internships. Then help to navigate these challenges and secure valuable internship experience.

Kenneth Harris II Speaker Videos

  • An Average Working Day on Visionary NASA Projects • Kenneth Harris II
    In his talk, he'll tell you how he got to the point of flinging complex metal objects into the dark sky. He's completed everything from radiation testing to full-scale integration and is known for...
    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 ...

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