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Biography of Cheryl McPhillips

Cheryl McPhillips
Partner Manager
NASA's Commercial Crew Program

Cheryl McPhillips is the NASA partner manager working with Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) for 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, SNC will make significant progress developing and testing its integrated Dream Chaser spacecraft and United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket combination.

As partner manager, McPhillips manages NASA’s overall engagement, agreement execution, technical insight, consultations and progress milestone certifications with SNC. She also leads the Partner Integration Team, called the PIT Crew, which is made up of a diverse team from numerous NASA sites, providing SNC with the expertise from more than 50 years of human spaceflight operations.

Prior to joining NASA's commercial endeavors, McPhillips served as the Orion Ground Operations planning manager for the International Space Station and Spacecraft Processing Directorate.

Since joining NASA in 1984 as an electrical engineer, she has worked on space shuttle and Spacelab experiments and ground support equipment and served as the avionics lead for the testing of the first five International Space Station elements. She took on increasing responsibilities as chief of the Space Station Engineering Division where she led 100 engineers in five branches and chaired the Materials Engineering Review Board and then as utilization division chief of the project office charged with integrating station research hardware with the space shuttles.

In 2009, she joined the Commercial Crew Planning Office, where she focused on acquisition planning, spacecraft design and development. After that, she served as the technical chair on the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Participant Evaluation Panel (PEP) before serving as chair of the CCiCap Space Act Agreement awards.

McPhillips has received two NASA Leadership Medals, the Eagle Manned Mission Success Award and a Silver Snoopy.

She earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in electrical engineering in 1984 from the University of South Florida in Tampa and a Master of Science in Space Technology in 1989 from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.

October 2012

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