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Lara Kearney

Manager, Extravehicular Activity (EVA) and Human Surface Mobility Program Office, NASA Johnson Space Center

Ms. Kearney serves as Manager of the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) and Human Surface Mobility (HSM) Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC), where she is responsible for implementation of the Program’s goals and objectives, ensuring consistency with the Agency’s exploration strategy and delivering the EVA and HSM systems within technical and programmatic requirements.  She is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Program, including recommending and implementing program policy and directing the Program’s development, test, certification, production, integration, and operations activities.  She manages NASA, contractor, private industry, and international partner contributions throughout the Program’s life cycle life, ensuring programmatic and technical integration of the EVA and HSM capabilities across ISS and Artemis EVA, the Lunar Terrain Vehicle, and the Pressurized Rover. 

Ms. Kearney has over twenty-nine years of experience building and operating human spaceflight hardware.  She has hands on experience in every phase of the flight hardware process, from hardware proof of concept and preliminary design through testing, certification, production, and flight operations.  Prior to her EVA and HSM Program duties, Ms. Kearney served as the Deputy Manager for the Gateway Program, where she was responsible for the technical and programmatic performance of the Gateway Program across its Power and Propulsion, Habitation, Logistics, Robotics, and Airlock Elements.  Prior to that, she served as the Manager of the Orion Crew and Service Module Office, where she was responsible for programmatic management and engineering oversight of the Orion Crew and Service Module systems.  Prior to that, she served as the Constellation Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Systems Project Manager, where she managed the entire range of technical, business, and administrative activities of the organization responsible for EVA and space suit development for the Constellation Program.  In addition, Ms. Kearney has served in JSC’s Human Health and Performance and Engineering Directorates.   

Ms. Kearney has a B.S. and an M.E., both in Biomedical Engineering, from Texas A&M University, and an Executive MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School.  She holds a Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) and a Project Management Professional (PMP)® Credential.  She is the recipient of the NASA’s Spaceflight Awareness Leadership Award, Silver Snoopy Award and Outstanding Leadership Medal, as well as the 2022 NASA Federal Engineer of the Year Award. 

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