William Heink - 1962
Former site director, Kennedy Space Center
California native William Heink started his career working for the
Convair division of General Dynamics (1962-65). In 1965 he joined the
Boeing Company as a systems engineer on the Saturn Launch Team for
Apollo missions. Other than two years in North Dakota (1975-77) working
as Boeing's senior electrical liaison engineer on the Minuteman Weapons
System, he spent his entire career at the Kennedy Space Center in
In 1998 he was appointed site director of Florida operations of the Boeing Space Shuttle operation at the Kennedy Space Center.
Keeping close ties with UW, Heink has been a member of the UW Campus Advisory Board and the College of Engineering National Advisory Board. He was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Fame in 1999.
Heink is currently retired and resides in Merritt Island, Florida.