Outstanding Ex of the Year

Timothy OrtizTimothy Ortiz

Timothy Ortiz has more than thirty years’ experience in the aerospace industry. He currently works for Raytheon on NASA's Earth Observing System Evolution and Development-2 (EED-2) Program.

Mr. Ortiz is the NASA EED-2 Program Manager, overseeing a $240 million-dollar five-year contract with twelve subcontractors and 140 employees. He started working as a system administrator for New Mexico State University in the software engineering field as a nineteen-year-old supporting war game simulation in an Army training center. He supported the NASA TDRSS program ground system integration in New Mexico, working for TRW and moved into software engineering as a junior programmer. 

During the boom of the eighties, Mr. Ortiz moved to Silicon Valley and started his own small consulting company. He has worked for Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and the Department of Labor increasingly growing into management positions. He has been a program manager for the last ten years managing $15M to $250M programs being responsible for budget, schedule, earned value, strategic thought and risk management. He has more than twenty years of experience in software design, development, and integration and test of complex satellite ground systems, experiencing the full development lifecycle over eight different times.

Mr. Ortiz is now overseeing agile based software development systems for NASA. He has experience in managing efficient operations and maintenance programs, benefiting from lessons learned and applying best practices. He has successfully developed client relationships, repeatedly delivered products on time and under budget. Mr. Ortiz builds teams of subject matter experts and small business, performing outreach and also involving small companies in Mentor-Protégé programs, sharing his business knowledge. He has worked with several non-profit companies to establish a strong business structure and administrative practices to ensure they achieve their mission. He was instrumental in earning the 2014 NASA Prime Contractor of the Year Award for both the Goddard Space Flight Center and across all NASA Centers. He has also received the 2018 NASA Goddard Mentor Protege Agreement of the Year.

Mr. Ortiz attended the University of Maryland University College and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science. He currently resides in Calvert County, Maryland with his wife Rosa, of 31 years and is the proud father of four children. He is an active member of his church and community, is a Maryland Certified Master Gardener, been the Huntingtown Elementary School Chess coach and is a member of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.