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Suzy Cunningham

Suzy Cunningham

Strategy & Partnerships Manager, NASA KSC
Ms. Cunningham started ~37 years ago as the 1st set of KSC engineering new hires after the Challenger Accident. She’s held numerous positions: Orbiter Thermal Protection System (TPS) Systems and Project Engineer, Shuttle Upgrades & Exploration Project Manager, NASA/AF Joint Planning & Customer Service Office Deputy and Spaceport Manager, Business Development Manager, and Center Strategic Planning Manager. She’s worked with former & current NASA & Industry Executives, including retired Astronauts Bob Crippen & Roy Bridges, NASA Associate Administrator, Bob Cabana; and some groundbreaking female NASA leaders, including retired KSC Associate Director & only woman in firing room for Apollo 11, JoAnn Morgan; and KSC Center Director, Janet Petro. She’s the 1st Space Congress/SpaceCom Gov’t Chair where she’s worked with a team to organize conferences with aerospace executives for 3,000 attendees. She’s NASA KSC’s liaison for the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA), National Space Club FL, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, American Space Museum & Walk of Fame. She was previously the Space Florida Liaison & a Board Advisory Member. She has a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Missouri-Rolla, and an MS in Space Systems Operations from Florida Tech. She’s received NASA’s Government Invention of the Year Award, Exceptional Achievement & Exceptional Service Medals, Center Director’s “Gold Dollar” Award, & NASA’s “You Make a Difference”. She’s an AIAA Associate Fellow. Ms. Cunningham is active in education/outreach and enjoys mentoring. She’s also a singer and performs for NASA & other aerospace organizations at events and galas. She resides in Merritt Island near the nation’s Spaceport with her husband Phil.

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