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Deborah J. Hahn
Payload Processing Mission Manager
International Space Station Payload Processing Directorate



Deborah J. Hahn is the NASA International Space Station Payload Processing Mission Manager for the STS-121 and STS-116 missions, as well as a mission to launch the European Space Agency's Columbus module.

In this role, Hahn manages a multidisciplinary team of engineers and technicians who assemble and test the vast array of International Space Station components and experiments that fly aboard the space shuttle. She and her team do whatever it takes to ensure that every element sent to the station meets strict quality, safety and engineering standards.

A second-generation employee of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Hahn is following in her father's footsteps. Her service with NASA began in 1980, as an engineer working with Checkout Systems in the Design Engineering Directorate. In 1985, she transferred to the Payload Processing Directorate to work as an avionics system engineer. Hahn was promoted through several positions in the Payloads organization, including time spent with the Spacelab project and Test and Operations for the International Space Station, before being named mission manager in 2004.

Hahn has received numerous honors, including "On the Spot" Awards, Group Achievement Awards, a Certificate of Accommodation, a Space Flight Awareness Award, and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for exceptional leadership of the ISS Node 2 Integrated Systems Test and the Multi-Element Integrated Test 3. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

She resides in Titusville, Fla., with her husband, James, and their children, Shannon and Michaela.