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Meet: Kathy Gavitt

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Northrop Grumman

Who she is:
Kathy brings over 22 years of rocket engine development including 8 years of successfully managing engine development projects under NASA Space Exploration contracts. She repeatedly demonstrated her ability to balance technical excellence with challenging schedules and budgets, with LCROSS being one of her most rewarding challenges. She earned her BSME from the University of Rhode Island, with the goal of working in the aerospace industry on NASA space programs. She has served in roles of increasing responsibility at TRW/Northrop, including: IR&D Principle Investigator, Section Head for Rocket Engine Development and Project Manager. Kathy enjoys water sports in the ocean or on the river, hiking & biking and being part of her church's worship team on keyboard & vocal.

Job Description for LCROSS Mission:
Kathy began working on LCROSS in February 2007, as the Integrated Product Team Lead for the LCROSS Propulsion Subsystem, replacing Ricardo Gorecki, who left LCROSS to become the Propulsion Center Manager. Ricardo had just completed CDR and negotiated all long lead procurements. Kathy's Project Management skills and hardware experience made her the choice to step in and lead the integration and assembly effort for propulsion. Her team was able to deliver the Propulsion Subsystem to deliver the Propulsion Subsystem to the LCROSS Spacecraft on October 15, 2007, 6 weeks ahead of schedule. She feels honored to have been a part of the LCROSS team and is excited to see the successful outcome of the LCROSS mission.

Visit the NASA Mission Site @ http://www.nasa.gov/lcross

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Editor: Brian Day
NASA Official: Daniel Andrews
Last Updated: October 2009