Colonel Pamela Melroy, USAF Ret. - Director
Pamela Melroy is a retired United States Air Force Colonel and a former NASA Space Shuttle Commander. Col Melroy had a distinguished career of over 25 years as a professional test pilot and nearly 1000 hours in space. She flew three Space Shuttle missions and was one of only two women to command the Space Shuttle. Before retiring, she logged over 6000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft.
After leaving NASA in 2009, Col Melroy served in government and industry executive positions, including the FAA and the Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While at DARPA, she oversaw the hypersonics portfolio and was a strong proponent inside the government on national issues related to hypersonics.
Col Melroy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Astronomy from Wellesley College and Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.