NASA, Senior Advisor, Exploration and Space Operations
Position: NASA, Senior Advisor, Exploration and Space Operations
Education: B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Kathy Laurini is a senior advisor within the International Space Station (ISS) Program and NASA HQ’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate where she is a leader in the effort to develop and implement strategies and plans for international partnerships in space exploration. She leads several activities with international partners, including strategic efforts to lay foundations for future partnerships and tactical studies which lead to near-term partnerships. Ms. Laurini leads NASA engagement in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) and several ISECG activities, including the Global Exploration Roadmap.
Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Laurini was involved in NASA’s human space exploration effort in other roles. She served as the first Program Manager for the Human Research Program, aligning NASA investments in human health and performance to meeting exploration challenges. She also served as Project Manager for the Altair human lunar lander project, a key element of the Constellation Program. Prior to this, she held leadership positions within the International Space Station Program, including positions within system engineering, payload integration and on-orbit operations management. She served as NASA’s liaison to the European Space Agency from 1993-2002, and during that time she lead the overall integration of the European Automated Transfer Vehicle. She started her career at the Johnson Space Center as a Space Shuttle flight controller.