Our Keynote Speaker -
Sy began his engineering career with North American Aviation, in Downey, CA, before graduating from
California State University-Los Angeles with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1963. His space career
began at North American at the very inception of the Apollo lunar program when he joined a newly formed
Flight Operations Group. In 1964, he transferred to Houston, Texas as a member of the Flight Operations
Group in support of NASA Mission Operations at the Manned Spacecraft Center, which had just opened.
Sy switched over to NASA after about a year to qualify for a "front room" flight controller position in the
mission control center in order to "get in on the action." He became a veteran flight controller of many
flights serving as Operations and Procedures Officer on AS-202, as Assistant Flight Director On AS-501
(the first Saturn V launch), and as EECOM (Electrical, Environmental, Consumables) Flight Controller on
Apollo missions 8 - 15.
Sy was the Lead EECOM Flight Controller throughout all Apollo manned missions and an EGIL (Skylab
EECOM) for all of the Skylab program missions. On the international scene, Sy was the Lead EECOM for
the American-Russian Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission. He contributed his experience to early
shuttle missions and to the space station design.
Sy, as a Senior Project Engineer, directed the design and fabrication of the astronaut neutral buoyancy
trainers for the International Space Station (ISS). He remains an active booster and international public
speaker of NASA's space accomplishments and the importance of a good education. He lives in
Pearland, Texas with his wife, Craig.
Learn more about Sy Liebergot at his website.