Michael McDaniel

Chairman Michael McDaniel – Aerojet Rocketdyne

Mr. McDaniel has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nondestructive Testing, a Master’s of Administration Degree in Industrial Management and a Master’s Degree in Quality Management and Six Sigma. In 1984 he started his career as an engineer with Babcock & Wilcox Naval Nuclear Fuel Division in Lynchburg Virginia. In 1986 he joined EG&G Florida as a Nondestructive Testing engineer for the Atlas, Delta, Titan and Space Shuttle programs. Mike accepted the position as Senior Manager Safety and Mission Assurance with Boeing Rocketdyne in 1999 and relocated to Stennis Space Center. In 2010, Mike was promoted to General Manager for the Aerojet Rocketdyne Stennis Space Center Site Operations.

McDaniel has served as the Chairman of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) and Standards Development Committee, the Chairman of the ASNT/ANSI Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and ISO committee. Additionally, Mr. McDaniel served eight years on the ASNT Board of Directors and is currently serving as a Director on the INFINITY Science Center Board of Directors

In 2015, Aerojet Rocketdyne at Stennis was recognized by the Hancock Chamber of Commerce and the Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission with the Industrial Award of Excellence. This innovative company delivers solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Aerojet Rocketdyne has skilled, talented and gifted employees dedicated to working safely each and every day, with attention to detail and first time through quality work practices. The company is continuing its partnership with NASA in the development and certification of the rocket propulsion engines to power the next generation of launch systems known as the Space Launch System (SLS). NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 engines, which are assembled and tested at Stennis Space Center, to power the first stage of SLS.

Partners for Stennis Board and Officers:


Chairman: Michael McDaniel

Vice Chairman: Guy Johnson

Treasurer: Mark Schloegel

Past Chairman: Mark Schloegel

Secretary: Tish H. Williams

Board of Directors:

  • Mike Haas,
    Haas & Haas Attorneys
  • Dave Hartley
    Lockheed Martin
  • Jim Connor
  • Bill Cork,
    Hancock County Port & Harbor
  • Hamish Guthrie,
    Rolls Royce
  • Mark Schloegel
  • Don Shea, East St. Tammany Chamber
  • Dave Treutel,
    Jr., Truetel Insurance Agency
  • Guy Johnson,
    Coast Electric Power
  • Michael McDaniel,
    Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Stephen Schruff,
    Mississippi Power
  • Al Watkins,
    A2 Research
  • Tish H. Williams,
    Hancock Chamber
  • Clay Wagner,
    Hancock Bank
  • David Brannon,
  • Manning
    Watkins &

Ex Officio Board Members:

    • Scott Alsobrooks
      Pearl River Community College
    • Raymunda Barnes,
      Pearl River Community College
    • Leonard Bentz, South Ms Planning &
      Development District, Inc.
  • Brenda Reine-Bertus,
    St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation
  • Bill Burnett,
    Naval Meteorology & Oceanography Command
  • Bill Cotter,
    Hancock County Port & Harbor
  • B.J. Dauro, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Ashley Edwards,
    Gulf Coast Business Council


  • Natalie Guess, Magnolia Business Alliance
  • Michael Hecht, Greater New Orleans,
  • Wade Jones, Harrison County Development
  • Alan Hodges,
    Hancock Medical Center / Ochsner Health System
  • Robbie Ingram,
    MS Enterprise for Technology
  • Roy Keller,
    LA Technology Transfer Office
  • Dr. Adam Breerwood,
    Pearl River Community
  • Keith Long,
    Center of Higher Learning
  • Dr. Emir Jose Macari, University of New Orleans
  • Rick
  • Ned Peak,
    Edward Peak & Associates
  • Helmut Portmann,
  • Lee Reid
    Adams & Reese
  • Bobby Savoie
  • Pat Tidmore
    NASA Shared Services Center
  • Jim Wahl
    Aerojet Rocketdyne
  • Clay Williams
    Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport