Ms. Dorothy Rasco serves as the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Ms. Rasco joined NASA at JSC in 1985, after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She joined the Agency as a civil engineer designing facilities such as the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. Since then she has served in positions of increasing responsibility and in 2006, was named Business Manager of the Space Shuttle Program (SSP). In this position she was a key advisor to the SSP Manager sharing Program responsibility and accountability for managing an annual budget of over $3.2 billion and a multi-disciplinary workforce of over 11,000 civil servants and contractors across the country.
In 2011, Ms. Rasco was named as the Manager of the Space Shuttle Program, Transition and Retirement Office. Leading an organization of over 1000 government and contractor employees, Rasco provided strategic and technical management for retiring the Space Shuttle Program. This included human capital planning, effective transition of the workforce, and efficient disposition of one million line items of property and assets valued at $18 billion.
Ms. Rasco completed JSC's Program/Project Management Program and JSC's Leadership Development Program. In addition, she was awarded NASA fellowships to the Smith College, Management Program and the Harvard Business School, Leadership for Senior Executives. Her accomplishments have been recognized by numerous awards including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the JSC Certificate of Commendation, the Equal Opportunity Award, Outstanding Performance Award, many JSC and NASA Group Achievement Awards, and as a nominee for the Rotary Stellar award and the University of Rhode Island (URI) College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award.
In addition she serves on the Advisory Board for URI, College of Engineering and Texas Southern University, College of Science & Technology. In 2012, she received the Technology All Star award from Women of Color. She has served as vice-president and president of the Asian Pacific American Council, vice president of the board of directors of the JSC Child Care Center, and a member of Senior Executive Service, Society of Women Engineers, the JSC Diversity and Exchange Council, and the vice president, JSC National Management Association.