Kathy Laurini 2022ASCEND

Kathy Laurini

Human Space Exploration Strategy, Dynetics

Kathy Laurini works for Dynetics in roles that include human spaceflight strategy and Human Landing System design and development. She is also leading the Dynetics HLS commercialization strategy development. 

During her 35-year NASA career, Ms. Laurini served in leadership positions within the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and exploration programs.  Ms. Laurini led technical studies and activities supporting NASA’s strategy and planning for missions to the Moon and Mars.  Ms. Laurini led 15 international space agencies in discussion of opportunities for collaboration in space exploration, including the development of the Global Exploration Roadmap.  She served as Associate Program Manager of the Constellation Program and Project Manager for the Altair human lunar lander.  Ms. Laurini led ISS organizations focused on operations, system engineering and integration, payload integration and on-orbit operations management.  She served as Deputy Director for Human Health and Performance and the inaugural Program Manager for the Human Research Program, aligning research and technology investments with exploration challenges.  

Ms. Laurini has extensive experience working with NASA’s international partners on human spaceflight development and operational programs, including more than 15 years spent living and working in Europe. Ms. Laurini received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. 

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