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Niki Werkheiser

Niki Werkheiser

Director of Technology Maturation

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Niki Werkheiser serves as the Director for Technology Maturation in the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters, where she leads the advancement of mid-TRL technologies for future space missions. The Technology Maturation portfolio includes more than 100 projects within the Game Changing Development (GCD) Program and the Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative (LSII). These ambitious projects are executed across eight NASA Centers and with dozens of industry and academic partners.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Werkheiser led the Agency’s In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) efforts, including the development of novel, on-demand manufacturing, repair, and recycling capabilities which have been demonstrated on the International Space Station (ISS) and directly feed forward to NASA’s Exploration missions.

Ms. Werkheiser has over 25 years of experience developing and flying new technologies in space and a proven approach for managing complex projects and programs. She is particularly passionate about creating novel competitive programs and partnerships across the government, industry, and academia. She has received numerous awards, including NASA’s Silver Snoopy and Outstanding Leadership Medal, and the American Astronautical Society Space Technology Award.

Ms. Werkheiser holds a Master of Science Degree from the University of Alabama at Huntsville with an emphasis in Gravitational and Space Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Studies.

STMD Leadership

Trudy Kortes

Director of Technology Demonstrations

Chris Baker

Program Executive

Evelyn Vidal-Roles

Office Manager

Executive Officer

Associate Administrator

Prasun Desai

Deputy Associate Administrator

Walt Engelund

Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs

G. Michael Green

Deputy Associate Administrator for Management/Chief of Staff

Derek Wang

Director of Communications

Voleak Roeum

Director of Resources Management

Alesyn Lowry

Director for Strategic Planning and Integration

Michelle Munk

Acting Chief Architect

Jeffrey Sheehy

Chief Engineer

Jenn Gustetic

Director of Early Stage Innovations and Partnerships

Niki Werkheiser

Director of Technology Maturation