Stephen Cook is vice president of Corporate Development at Dynetics. He works across the company to initiate, support, and integrate strategies, partnerships, emerging business opportunities, and new cutting-edge products in the intelligence, missile, aviation, sensor, cyber, and space sectors.
Cook joined the company in 2009 as director of space technologies where he led Dynetics’ efforts in launch systems, orbital spacecraft and analysis, planetary exploration, and nanotechnology research until 2013.
From 2005 until 2009, Cook served as manager of the Ares Projects Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. He was responsible for overall project management and direction of NASA’s Ares I and V launch vehicles. Just prior, he served as deputy manager of Marshall’s Space Transportation Programs and Projects Office, planning and directing research, technology, and development activities for future generations of space transportation and advanced propulsion systems for more ambitious scientific exploration missions of the solar system.
Cook’s many career honors include award of the Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2009 for his sustained achievements as manager of the Ares Projects; the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2007 for his exemplary management of the Exploration Launch Projects Office; and a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2006 for outstanding efforts as a member of the Exploration Systems Architecture Study.
He received the Holger Toftoy Award in 2006 from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), recognizing outstanding technical management by a section member in aeronautics and astronautics. He was a nominee in 2000 for the Rotary Stellar Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements by individuals and teams who have made significant contributions to the future of the U.S. space program. He received the NASA Outstanding Achievement Medal in 1999 for exceptional accomplishments in the area of space transportation.
Cook serves on the the Space Transportation Committee of the International Astronautical Federation, the Space Transportation Technical Committee of the AIAA, and he is a fellow of the AIAA. He also serves on the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Alabama.
Cook holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and mechanics from the University of Minnesota. In 2008, he attended the Harvard Business School’s Leading Product Development Course. He is certified in federal acquisition. He has authored more than 20 papers on advanced space propulsion and launch systems and was a contributing author of the 1997 McGraw-Hill Aerospace Yearbook.