Acting Program Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program
Kathryn Lueders serves as the acting program manager for NASA's Commercial Crew Program.
In this role, she aids in the execution of the agency's goals to help private companies develop a new U.S. capability to carry astronauts into low-Earth orbit and eventually take crews to the International Space Station, or ISS. She oversees program facilitation of commercial spacecraft development and certification to enable the safe transportation of NASA astronauts.
Lueders previously served as the ISS Program's Transportation Integration manager. In that post, she managed the commercial cargo services (CRS) to the ISS and was responsible for oversight of the international partner vehicles – the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), the Japanese Space Agency's H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), and the Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft.
Lueders began her NASA career at the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico in 1992 where she performed as the Shuttle Orbital Maneuvering System and Reaction Control Systems Depot manager. She moved into the ISS Program and served in multiple positions including the deputy manager for ISS Logistics and Maintenance, the Vehicle Systems Integration manager, and the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Integration manager.
She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University.