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Kristina Halona

Sequoyah Fellow and Board of Directors, American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Kristina J. Halona is Navajo from Sawmill, Arizona located on the Navajo Reservation.  She is of the Black Streak Wood People Clan born for the Folded Arms People Clan.  The Bitter Water Clan is her maternal grandfather’s clan and the Salt Clan is her paternal grandfather’s clan.

Kristina serves on the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Board of Directors and as a Sequoyah Fellow, is a lifetime member of AISES. AISES has more than 5,600 members and supports 220 affiliated pre-college schools, 197 chartered college and university chapters, 3 tribal chapters, and 18 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada. Kristina’s been an AISES member since middle school competing in AISES science fairs, which led to AISES scholarships, internships, and leadership opportunities like serving as the AISES National Student Representative.  As a professional Kristina has been part of the AISES Professional Chapters in the Bay Area, Tucson, and Phoenix. In 2013 Kristina was recognized with the AISES Most Promising Engineer Award and has now served on the AISES BOD for the past three years.

As well as her volunteer roles with AISES, Kristina is a Systems Engineering Program Manager for the Antares Rocket Program at Northrop Grumman in Chandler, Arizona. The Antares rocket is a two-stage vehicle (with optional third stage) that provides low-Earth orbit (LEO) launch capability for payloads weighing up to 8,000 kg. Currently Antares is primarily used to support Northrop Grumman’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA in which Antares delivers cargo to the International Space Station. In November 2019, Kristina had the unique opportunity to be the live commentary guest on NASA TV at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas for the NG-12 Antares Launch.

Her educational journey includes a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from George Washington University. Kristina is currently working on completing her International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Certification to become a Certified Systems Engineering Professional.

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