Gene Kerman coaches the player through three of the in-game tutorials. He also appears in a promotional video by Squad titled "At the Kerbal Space Center". Gene is one of only a few officially named individual Kerbals in 0.23[outdated] and the only one thus far depicted with light-colored hair. He also wears a white vest and a headset. His dialog in the tutorials depicts him as patient and helpful without the vanity of his KSC colleague Wernher von Kerman.
His Steam Trading Card says, "Someone has to run the show."
Gene is most likely modeled after Gene Kranz, the NASA flight director during the Gemini and Apollo Programs, who was known for wearing white "mission vests" his wife made for each mission.