Kenneth F. Harris II, Ph.D., senior project engineer for space integration and asset protection at The Aerospace Corp., will provide the keynote speech at the 2023 Electrical Wire Processing Expo in Milwaukee. The session, entitled “Building the Future,” will take place at 8 am on May 17 at the Wisconsin Center.

Harris, a mechanical engineer who previously worked at NASA, will share his experience working as a wire harness engineer on the James Webb Space Telescope. He served as deputy lead integration engineer for Integrated Science Instrument Module Electronic Components.

Harris led a team of 10 engineers who successfully integrated the main electronic payload of the $10 billion telescope, including the backplane of the optical telescope element primary mirror. This was performed in North America’s largest cleanroom, the Space Systems Development and Integration Facility at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

Harris currently serves as senior project engineer at The Aerospace Corporation, where he works on various payload missions. He is responsible for developing procedures and implementing processes to defend spacecraft from physical and cyber threats.

The 23rd annual Electrical Wire Processing Expo will also include an exhibit hall on May 17-18 that will feature the latest products, equipment and services for assembling cable and wire harnesses.