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Biography of Cheryl A. Malloy

Cheryl A. Malloy
Deputy Partner Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

Cheryl A. Malloy is the NASA deputy partner manager for certification working with Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) during the agency's Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. Through phases with aerospace industry partners, NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) is leading the nation's effort to facilitate commercial vehicle development and certification to enable the safe transportation of NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station and other low Earth orbit destinations. During CCiCap, SpaceX will make significant progress developing and testing its integrated Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket combination.

Before becoming deputy partner manager for SpaceX at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Malloy was the NASA partner manager for United Launch Alliance (ULA) during CCP's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2). In that role, she led the Partner Integration Team, called the PIT Crew, that worked closely with ULA while the company established conditions for its Atlas V rocket to launch people into space.

Malloy began working for NASA in 1987 as a summer co-op student in biomedical engineering at Kennedy. From there, she took on increasing responsibility as a life science experimental test engineer and an Electrical Branch lead, solving mission-critical problems and coordinating the integration of experiments for the Spacelab-Japan science module that flew aboard space shuttle Endeavour on STS-47. She also managed the historical STS-71 mission, which was the first shuttle mission to rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir. Malloy’s time with NASA’s Space Shuttle Program continued until 1998 as a lead payload test director and shuttle payload upgrades project manager.

Next, she joined NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) as a mission integration manager, taking on day-to-day activities of expendable launch vehicle missions. Her work included executing a contract for NASA’s use of the Athena I rocket on Kodiak Island, Alaska. From 2006 to 2008, Malloy was a senior mission manager for LSP, serving as an advisor between the program and other government agencies and NASA centers for several key spacecraft missions.

Prior to joining CCP, Malloy worked in NASA’s Constellation Space Transportation Planning Office. In that office, she was a manager for Systems Engineering and Integration, helping to evaluate activities such as technical integration, human systems, and requirement validation and verification.

During her 25-year tenure with NASA, Malloy received numerous recognitions, including a Silver Snoopy Award, Exceptional Achievement Medal and Outstanding Leadership Medal. She also was recognized as a Space Flight Awareness Honoree for her commitment to America’s human spaceflight program. She received a Group Achievement award in 2012 for her work during CCDev2.

Malloy earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1990. She went on to receive a Master of Science in industrial engineering and management systems from the University of Central Florida in 2002. Malloy also holds certifications in space systems engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and Project Management Professional (PMP) status from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

October 2012

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