National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Mission Manager, Search and Rescue Office

Dr. Lisa Mazzuca is the NASA Search and Rescue (SAR) Mission Manager. In that capacity she represents NASA both nationally and internationally to set policy and standards for the SAR community, as well as supply technological innovation for satellite-aided emergency transmitters. She began her career at NASA in 1991 as a Flight Dynamics software engineer, where she developed and coded mathematical specifications related to spacecraft orbit trajectories. She received a master’s degree in Astrophysics from John’s Hopkins University in 1997 and soon after joined the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Project to become the Operations Instruments Manager. In 2005 Dr. Mazzuca accepted the position of HST Operations Integration and Test Manager for the final Servicing Mission, guiding the operations ground test program for the new and repaired instruments as well as the communications to HST via the Space Shuttle. In 2006, she received a doctorate in Astronomy from the University of Maryland. Outside of NASA, Lisa is the Deputy Chief of the Baltimore County Police Auxiliary Unit and has been a member of the Aviation and Marine units since 1994. Part of her mission in both units is Search and Rescue.