May 18-19, 2012 at the University of Central Florida

Master of Ceremonies

Master of Ceremonies – George Diller, NASA Public Affairs Information Specialist 

George Diller is a NASA Public Affairs Information Specialist at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He has worked in the Cape Canaveral public affairs arena for more than 32 years.

Diller is the lead information specialist for NASA’s expendable launch vehicle fleet and the planetary and astrophysics spacecraft they carry.  These have included NASA’s probes launched to asteroids and comets, the moon, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury and Pluto.  He was also the lead for the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope and the five maintenance and repair missions.

Diller is also the principal information specialist for tracking, data and telemetry, including long-range optical tracking.  He serves as the primary liaison with the NASA-KSC Weather Office, the USAF 45th Weather Squadron and the NOAA National Weather Service.  He also serves as the NASA Public Affairs member of the KSC hurricane ride-out team.

Diller supports the NASA launches occurring at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.  He serves as a launch commentator on NASA Television for the launch countdown of both the space shuttle and the expendable launch vehicles.  Most recently, he was the launch commentator for STS-135, the final Space Shuttle mission, and the Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity rover launched atop an Atlas V rocket.  Diller was also the launch commentator forthe space shuttle missions that launched and serviced the Hubble Space Telescope.  Other notable launches include the launch of the planetary probesMagellan, Galileo, Cassini, the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Phoenix Mars Lander.

Diller received the Aviation Week Harry Kolcum Award for aerospace communications professionals in 2004, was selected as the NASA Public Affairs Employee of the Year for 2005, and received the NASA astronaut’s Silver Snoopy award in 2007.

He is a native Floridian having grown up in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.  He holds degrees in communications and business administration from the University of South Florida in Tampa.  Prior to joining NASA, he worked 11 years in radio broadcasting at stations in Clearwater, Tampa and Orlando and had among his responsibilities covering the Kennedy Space Center.

Diller is the current treasurer of the American Meteorological Society’s Cape Canaveral Chapter.  He is also past treasurer of the Florida Lighthouse Association and the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, having served both organizations for eight years.

He has lived in Titusville, Fla., since October 1978.