Currently I work for one of the NASA Commercial Crew Partners designing a commercial crew vehicle to bring astronauts to and from the International Space Station. My first experience in working a developmental program came on the NASA Constellation Program which was to be America’s return to the Moon and on to Mars. Prior to that I spent 10 years enjoying my time working on the International Space Station Program in Guidance, Navigation, Control & Propulsion and Systems Integration. I’ve trained NASA astronauts and supported missions from the Mission Evaluation Room (Mission Control’s Engineering Back-Room). I have an aeronautical and astronautical engineering undergraduate degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Rice University.
I love to travel and explore; from the culture of exotic cities to the desolation of the Australian Outback. In Star City, Russia I worked at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center enjoying my time absorbing the Russian culture and making life-long friends.
As a former President of SEDS at Purdue University I established numerous educational outreach programs for K-12 students including Purdue Space Day because I felt it was important to inspire the next generation and give them the opportunity to explore.
Currently I am the Executive Director of SpaceUp Houston which is best known for their annual unconference and Commercial Spaceflight Panel. If you are local to Houston I invite you to get involved as SpaceUp Houston is an organization for us to make a difference in our future.
If you follow my tweets (@txflygirl) you then know I am learning to sew, surround myself with candles, and occasionally dance in the rain. But, you also know that three years ago I was rear-ended while stopped at a red light and have been slowly recovering from muscle spasms and trigger point headaches. It’s been a battle to heal as simple things such as mowing the lawn, changing a lightbulb, or running trigger the muscle spasms in my neck and shoulders. I played competitive volleyball for over 22 years and look forward to the day I can return to the court pain free.