NAME: Vickie L. Kloeris

TITLE: Subsystem Manager, Shuttle and ISS Food Systems

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Texas A&M University, 1978; Master of Science, Food Science and Technology, Texas A&M University, 1979


January 2000 – present: Subsystem Manager ISS and Shuttle Food Systems Since January 2000, additional duties include the management of the ISS Food System.  Technical management of the ISS food system includes:  menu planning for ISS crewmembers; provision of flight food shipments to ISS, and development of new foods for the ISS food system.

July 1989 –December 1999:  Subsystem Manager Shuttle Food System. Technical management of the Shuttle food system including: provision of flight food shipments, provision of food for training events, food service activities in support of the Health Stabilization Program, and Shuttle related research and development activities. Co-technical management of the Phase I food program which is providing food for joint US-Russian missions on Mir. Co-technical management of the Advanced Life Support food system which is being developed for the ground based BioPlex test bed.

August 1985 - July 1989: Various positions with Boeing Aerospace, Lockheed and Krug Life Sciences. Supporting the Shuttle food system.

June 1983 - July 1985: Quality Control Specialist, Dietary Services, Memorial Hospital System, Houston, Texas. Duties included operation of food quality lab which performed basic microbiological and organoleptic analysis of food items produced in the cook-chill food service operation; daily inspections in the food production plant and interfacing with City of Houston Health Department inspectors during inspections of all Memorial Hospital food service areas.

April 1981 - April 1983: Research Technician, Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics Department, University of Texas Medical Branch. Responsibilities included maintaining cell cultures, growing, harvesting and testing monoclonal antibodies.

TECHNICAL PAPERS: Selected. Others available upon request.

Bourland, C., V. Kloeris, B. Rice, and Vodovotz, Y. Food Systems for Space and Planetary Flights, in: Nutrition in Space Flight and Weightlessness Models, CRC Press , 2000.

Vodovotz, Y., Bourland, C., Kloeris, V., Lane, H., and Smith, S. (1999)   Critical Path Plan for Food and Nutrition Research Required for Planetary Exploartion Missions.  Human Performance in Extreme Environments, Vol. 4, No. 2. 

 Bourland, C. T., and Kloeris, V. L.  (1999), Shuttle/Mir Food Experience.  Presented at the 29th International Conference on Environmental Systems.  SAE Paper # 1999-01-2016. 

Kloeris, V. L., Vodovotz, Y. and Bourland, C. T.  (1998),  Optimization of Chamber-Grown Crops in Menu Planning.  Presented at the 28th International Conference on Environmental Systems. SAE Paper # 981559.  

Kloeris, V. L., Vodovotz, Y., Bye, L., Stiller, C. Q. and Lane, Eric. (1998), Design and Implementation of a Vegetarian Food System for a Closed Chamber Test.  Life Support & Biosphere Science, Volume 5, Number 2: 231.    

Lane, H.W., Nillen, J.L. and Kloeris, V. L. (1995), Folic Acid Content in Thermostabilized and Freeze-Dried Space Shuttle Foods. Journal of Food Science, 60: 538.

Bourland, C.T., Kloeris, V.L., Fohey, M.F., and Glaus-Late, K.D., (1994), Development of Shelf Stable Tortillas for Space Missions, Dual-Use Technology Conference, NASA/JSC.

Bourland, C.T., and Kloeris, V.L. (1994), Food Acceptance for Shuttle and Space Station, Human Nutrition in Controlled Ecological Life-Support Systems Workshop, Houston, TX.

Lane, H.W., Rice, B., Kloeris, V., Frye, S., Siconolfi, S., Spector, E.R., and Gretebeck, R.J. (1994), Energy Intake, Body Weight, and Lean Body Mass are Maintained in Healthy Active Women Consuming a Space Shuttle Diet. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 94:87.

Lane, H.W., Spector, E.R., Siconolfi, S.F., Rice, B., Kloeris, V., and Frye, S. (1992), Shuttle Food consumption, Body Composition and Body Weight in Women (Abstract IAF/IAA-92-0892). 43rd Congress of the International Astronautical Federation, World Space Congress, Washinton, DC.


Stellar Individual Award Nominee; Rotary National Awards, Space Achievement Foundation, March 2001.  Stellar Team Award Winner  for Lunar-Mars Life Support Test Crew; Rotary National Awards, Space Achievement Foundation, March 1998.  NASA Exceptional Service Medal, July 1997. Federal Employee of the Year, Houston Area, Professional and Scientific Division, April 1997. NASA Awards (July 1989 to present): Group Achievement Award, awarded three times; Outstanding Performance Award, awarded twice; and Performance Award, awarded five times. Astronaut’s "Silver Snoopy" Achievement Award, October 1990.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY: Member of the Institute of Food Technologists