Dynetics Group President, Dave King, was inducted into The State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in August at the Auburn Conference Center, alongside eight other individuals.
For more than 35 years, King has dedicated his career to space systems development and operations. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he completed his master’s degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.
From there, King launched a long and successful career with NASA. He served as the Space Shuttle launch director and director of shuttle processing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He played key roles in more than 100 space shuttle missions during his tenure at NASA and led the Columbia Recovery team following the Columbia accident. He then led the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) team through “Return to Flight” efforts following the Columbia accident and implemented the investigation board recommendations, including implementing “Technical Authority” for all programs at NASA MSFC. He also established a comprehensive management system for NASA MSFC, enabling informed business decisions and building a strong management team.