Dr. Wanda M. Austin is the former president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security space programs. The Aerospace Corporation has more than 3,600 employees and annual revenues of $917 million. She assumed this position on January 1, 2008, and retired October 1, 2016.
She is internationally recognized for her work in satellite and payload system acquisition, systems engineering, and system simulation.
Austin served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology from 2015 to 2017, was appointed to the Defense Science Board in 2010, and was appointed to the NASA Advisory Council in 2014.
Austin earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College, master’s degrees in systems engineering and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in systems engineering from the University of Southern California.