W. Scott Cilento, a 1982 graduate of Heyworth High School in Heyworth, IL, and a current resident of New Smyrna Beach, FL, was recently selected as NASA Flow Director for the Space Shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL. This prestigious assignment is one of only four such positions in NASA.
Cilento earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, in 1987, and a masters of science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, in 1993. He began his career at KSC in 1988.
In his new assignment as Flow Director for the Space Shuttle Discovery, Cilento will function as the primary interface for vehicle processing activities with Space Shuttle Program management. In addition, he will have overall responsibility for the prelaunch ground processing of the Shuttle Discovery including safety, cost effectiveness and scheduling timeliness impacting system tests, modifications and mission hardware integration for each mission. Prior to his selection as Flow Director, Cilento served as a NASA Convoy Commander for seven Shuttle missions. In this capacity, he was responsible for directing the activities of over 100 civil service and contractor employees and all vehicle traffic associated with post landing shuttle convoy operations including astronaut crew egress, time critical experiment removal and the safety of all personnel and flight hardware.
Cilento is the son of Will and Carlisle McCord of New Smyrna Beach, FL. He and his wife, the former Jodi Carl of Heyworth, are the parents of two children, Danielle and Scott, Jr.