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Suzanne (Suzy) Cunningham
Strategic Planning Manager
Advanced Planning Office

Suzanne (Suzy) Cunningham is the strategic planning manager in the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Advanced Planning Office (APO). She advises the APO chief and senior management team on KSC strategic planning activities and analyses concerning present and future KSC operations and development, and assists in development of centerwide strategic polilcies and initiatives. She is the advanced planning/new business liaison to the Air Force 45th Space Wing (45 SW), and serves as an advisory member on the Space Florida (SF) Board.

Cunningham previously served as lead for Partnerships and Industry in the KSC External Relations Directorate. She led a team in establishing and maintaining strategic partnerships with industry, academia, DoD, and other state and federal government entities. She was the KSC liaison to the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Space and Aeronautics in Florida, and the KSC SF liaison. During this time, she also served as a NASA senior technical expert on the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) Orbiter Thermal Protection Gapfiller Assessment Group.

Prior to this assignment, Cunningham served as the acting deputy and senior spaceport manager (SM) for the KSC/45 SW Cape Canaveral Spaceport Planning and Customer Service Office. She established the new office, participated in briefings to KSC/45 SW senior management and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She served as the business customer's primary interface in obtaining necessary facilities and services for launch, test and technology development programs. During this time, she also served as a NASA technical expert on the STS-107 Columbia Mishap Investigation and Reconstruction Team and the NESC Space Shuttle and International Space Station Recurring Anomalies Team.

Cunningham previously served as a project manager in the KSC Advanced Development and Shuttle Upgrades Office. Her projects included orbiter thermal protection system (TPS) upgrades and bio-regenerative exploration activities. She published numerous papers on material and process improvements and presented at various conferences, including the IAF Congress in Amsterdam in 1999.

She served as an executive intern to KSC Director Robert Crippen for six months in 1994.

Cunningham is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Center Director's "Gold Dollar" Award, a Certificate of Commendation, NASA's "You Make a Difference" award, and numerous group achievement and performance awards.

Prior to her position at KSC in 1986, she was an aerospace engineer at Allison Gas Turbine.

Cunningham completed a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Master of Science in space systems operations from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Cunningham is active in public and education outreach for KSC. She represented KSC on an agency outreach team from 1998-2000. She is an active member of the Hispanic Employment Program Working Group, and she sings for NASA events. She is a member of the National Space Club and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, including the Space Transportation Technical Committee and Technical Committee on Management.

Cunningham resides in Titusville near the nation's spaceport with her husband Phil.

July 2007

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