2023 SC EPSCoR State Conference


Dr. mitch krell


Dr. Mitch Krell currently serves as the Deputy Project Manager for NASA EPSCoR. Prior to working with EPSCoR, he served as the University Affairs Officer in the Office of STEM Engagement at Stennis Space Center (SSC).  He was the lead for NCAS at SSC for a number of years and also worked as one of two NASA Space Grant Technical Officers within the Agency.  He previously served in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and has served in various positions in that group including Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for SSC. 

Dr. Krell is a former university professor who has written numerous journal articles in computer science as well as co-authoring several books on Linux System Administration and Linux System Security. He has also worked as a consultant for numerous government agencies over the years, including NASA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In addition, Dr. Krell has worked for and consulted for many industry organizations including Red Hat, Lockheed Martin, Sverdrup, and CSC.  He holds many industry certifications such as the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and was an instructor for Red Hat for several years. In addition, he also created Red Hat’s first online Linux computer lab which virtually recreated the classroom lab environment.

Dr. Krell has been involved with aerospace education for over 30 years through activities with NASA and with the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.  He is also a licensed pilot and a licensed UAV pilot.  In addition, Dr. Krell has coached teams in programming and other computer science activities, as well as being a mentor for NCAS teams.

Dr. Krell holds a B.S. in Photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), and a M.S. (USM) and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Florida (UF).