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Kenneth Harris II      

NASA Engineer & STEM Advocate

Acknowledged by Forbes Magazine amongst the world’s youngest and most impactful individuals in the field of science, Kenneth Harris is known for delivering thoughtful and dynamic leadership on critical programs of national and international importance. Starting at age 16, Harris has been involved in projects at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, totaling seven missions. Harris’ honors and awards extend beyond his professional service to the recognition of his tremendous leadership in the STEM field and international community. Harris champions the importance of early STEM exposure and engagement. His thoughts concerning the power of mentorship and impacting the next generation are reflected in his service as an elected official for the Board of Education in Prince George's County Maryland. After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineer he then continued his education at Johns Hopkins University receiving a Masters in Engineering Management.

Harris has been acknowledged by NASA leadership and the Project Management Institute (PMI) internationally for his historic leadership on the multi-billion dollar, James Webb Space Telescope. Placing him amongst the youngest engineers to ever accomplish integration leadership since NASA’s founding in 1958.

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#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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