Kirk A. Shireman '85

Shireman WebKirk Shireman serves as the International Space Station (ISS) Program Manager.  He is responsible for the overall management, development, integration and operation of the ISS. In addition, he is responsible for policy development, international partner negotiations and the overall safety and health of the crew and on-orbit vehicle.

Previously, Shireman served as the deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Prior to that, he served as deputy ISS program manager. Shireman has also served as the chair of the ISS Mission Management Team. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Shireman joined NASA in 1985. He began his career in Navigation, Control & Aeronautics Division as Principle Function Manager, responsible for ascent digital autopilot design. 

Shireman has been recognized with NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for successful integration of the ISS’s Russian elements, the Silver Snoopy award in 1990, and the Presidential Rank Award in 2010.  In 2013, Shireman received the Eagle Manned Mission Award for his outstanding leadership of the ISS from the National Space Club at its 56th Annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner in Washington D.C.

Shireman holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University. He and his wife Kris reside in Pearland, Texas. They have one daughter, Erin.