Meet the Staff: John Keippala

One of John’s earliest memories was flying to Pakistan as a five-year-old when his father got a new a job as a primary school teacher. This first intercontinental flight is the experience to which John attributes his love of all things aerospace. At the age of 24, he was enrolled at the University of Michigan, continuing his path toward becoming an aerospace engineer. After he graduated in 1996, he was hired by Hughes Space and Communications. In 2000, Hughes was purchased by Boeing, and John would continue on at Boeing for 15 years.

In 2016, John and his family decided to move back to Michigan to be closer to his parents. Transitioning to project management with NCMS has added to his already impressive skill set. Combining his technical background as an integration engineer, his organizational experience, and his ability to objectively listen to what industry and government colleagues need has made him a standout partner as he works toward technology transitions.

When John, an avid history buff, isn’t working, he can be found playing and rooting for his favorite hockey teams and completing creative home remodeling projects.