Umer Khan is the Senior Director of IT at SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. His role is to deliver Information Technology that enables a business comprised of rocket scientists and engineers, full-scale USA-based manufacturing, and mission-critical launch and control.
Umer has served as an author, editor, and reviewer for several technical publications related to networking, security, and UNIX, and his Cisco Security Specialist’s Guide to PIX Firewalls book became a best-seller in the industry. He also holds 20+ professional and IT-related certifications, including the PMP and the Cisco CCIE, and has filed for three US patents related to networking technologies.
Umer received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Illinois Tech and his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Umer is passionate about family and loves spending time with his wife and four children. He is also an avid student of the Arabic language and the Islamic Sciences.