Michelle Rucker

Lead, Mars Integration Group

Michelle Rucker is a native of Anchorage, Alaska and a 34-year veteran of NASA. She began her career in the Houston oil industry, designing down-hole sensors while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. Michelle joined NASA in the aftermath of the space shuttle Challenger accident, supporting the investigation by conducting booster material test and analyses at NASA’s White Sands Test Facility. Michelle has had the good fortune to contribute to a range of exciting efforts, such as: International Space Station (ISS) environmental control and life support system development, managing a two-stage light gas gun hypervelocity impact research laboratory, supervising spacesuit and Extravehicular Activity (EVA) tools projects, ISS exercise equipment system engineering, Orion crew exploration vehicle development, and Altair Lunar Lander test and verification. She currently leads the Mars Integration Group, developing crewed Mars mission concepts for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD). Michelle holds two U.S. patents and has authored numerous technical publications.

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Panel: Articulating the Need for Space Nuclear Power in a Growing Space Enterprise

Thursday, April 2, 2020

10:25 am - 11:10 am