Executive Director, SpaceTEC Partners Inc.
Mr. Kane began his aviation and aerospace career as an Aviation Structural Mechanic (AMS) in the US Navy maintaining Grumman EA-6B Prowler aircraft. Following discharge, and after earning his FAA Airframe and Power Plant license, Mr. Kane began working as an aircraft mechanic, inspector, shift supervisor and in executive management in the regional airline industry.
In the mid-80’s, presented with an opportunity to join NASA’s Space Shuttle program, Mr. Kane relocated to Florida where he worked in both the Launch Control Center and Orbiter Processing Facilities as a Quality Control Inspector, in Quality Engineering, and Quality Assurance Management.
Following the last flight of the Space Shuttle program in late 2011, Mr. Kane joined SpaceTEC Partners, Inc. as Executive Director and Principal Investigator of the SpaceTEC National Aerospace Technical Education Center where he manages the day-to-day operations of the SpaceTEC and CertTEC performance-based certification divisions and a national consortium of colleges, military, government, and industry partners through a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) grant.
Through his more than 40 years in Aviation and Aerospace, Mr. Kane has received an AS in Quality Technology from Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, CA; a BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL; an MS in Technical Management from ERAU and as part of his duties preparing inspectors from varied backgrounds for work on NASA spacecraft, he earned his American Society for Nondestructive Testing Level III rating in the Visual method, the SpaceTEC Certified Aerospace Technician certification with Examiner rating, and L6S Black Belt certification.
In addition to SpaceTEC, Steve teaches Aerospace Metal and Composite Fabrication, Nondestructive Testing and Precision Measurements in the Aerospace Technology program at Eastern Florida State College and leads an NSF grant to foster workforce preparedness through Wichita Area Technical College at the National Center for Aviation Training.
Mr. Kane enjoys quality time with his wife Linda, their five children and three grandchildren. Hobbies include exploring the country by motorcycle and researching/collecting/restoring antiques. Mr. Kane also volunteers as a court-appointed guardian, overseeing the personal and financial needs of a disabled Veteran and former Shuttle worker.