Thomas Pavelko worked 37 years at Lockheed Missiles & Space and Lockheed Martin. He started as an engineer and manager, organizing and leading teams to develop embedded high performance computer systems to perform critical flight control functions. He was promoted to the levels of System Engineering Manager and Program Manager and Director. He reported to a wide variety of divisions including, Satellites, Missile, R&D, Electronics, Propulsion, Advanced Astronautics, Commercial Space, Human Spaceflight and Advanced Development Programs (“Skunk Works”). Later, he was assigned to assist large commercial and government programs in trouble. For some he became the new Program Manager. All the programs he led were successful.

Author of Project and Program Turnaround, Taylor & Francis, 2017 and Project and Program Excellence – Motivational Leadership for Breakthrough Results, Taylor & Francis, 2022