Tim Riley, CEP, CSP, PMP
After service in the U.S. Air Force as a helicopter crew chief, Tim went on to work with the Space Shuttle Program Launch and Landing Team for 23 years, first as a technician on Space Shuttle systems, then as Operations Chief for Shuttle Integration at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Tim supported dozens of landings at Kennedy and Edwards Air Force Base in California, to include the last Space Shuttle MissionSTS-135. In the late 2000s, Tim was detailed to special projects supporting NASA’s Constellation Program,most notably as the lead for Areas I-X Developmental Test Flight operations planning and launch vehicle assembly and integration.
Following the end of the Space Shuttle Program, Mr. Riley then worked as an ES&H Manager in Projects for Siemens Wind Energy, developing and overseeing safety for numerous new wind farm projects in North and South America. Wanting to relocate to the southwest, Tim and his wife Karen moved to the Albuquerque area in 2015, where Tim accepted a position with Sandia National Labs an ES&H, Security and Safeguards internal auditor. Tim is currently the Program Lead for Sandia’s Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility,otherwise known as SWiFT, in Lubbock, TX.
Tim holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in environmental management, an MBA, and is a candidate in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aviation Ph.D. program, specializing in aviation safety and human factors.Tim’s dissertation research is titled “Mission Assurance as an Emerging Factor of Commercial Space Flight Safety.” Tim and Karen live in Edgewood with their three horses and three blue healers.