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Kara Cunzeman

Project Leader, Strategic Foresight Center for Space Policy and Strategy
The Aerospace Corporation

Kara Cunzeman is the Lead Futurist for Strategic Foresight for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy at The Aerospace Corporation. In her role, Ms. Cunzeman is focused on cultivating a formalized methodologies in futures thinking, helping the enterprise adequately prepare and proactively shape the future through innovative approaches across strategy, acquisition, S&T portfolio management, policy, and operations. Ms. Cunzeman is trailblazing application of systematic foresight approaches to space and resolute in transforming opportunity mindsets for an abundant future space enterprise.  Cunzeman joined Aerospace in 2015, and served five years with Aerospace’s Strategic and Global Awareness Directorate, providing thought-leadership and strategic insight into critical issues for the nation spanning global space advancements, technology development, and threat futures to a broad range of customers across DoD, IC, and Civil sectors.

Prior to working at Aerospace, Cunzeman held roles in space systems engineering, vehicle operations, and space sensor development at Raytheon and General Atomics.  She was also a key contributor to winning Phase II funding from a NASA small business in innovation (SBIR) award for extracting oxygen from lunar soil while at Packer Engineering.

Cunzeman received her B.S. in Multidisciplinary Engineering and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She is also a certified foresight practitioner and guest instructor at the Institute for the Future, the Center for Intelligence Studies, and George Washington University.

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