Lauri K. Newman, Conjunction Assessment Program Officer

Lauri K. Newman, Conjunction Assessment Program Officer

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Lauri K. Newman is the Conjunction Assessment Program Officer within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD).

Prior to joining SMD, Ms. Newman spent 32 years at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). In 2004, Ms. Newman initiated the Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis (CARA) program at GSFC and has since led the program’s development to provide risk assessment for all of NASA’s spacecraft that are not affiliated with the NASA Human Spaceflight enterprise. Ms. Newman also serves as the NASA point of contact for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) for unmanned missions as part of the Agency’s Mission Resilience Protection Program. 

Previously, Ms. Newman spent 15 years as a Flight Dynamics Engineer, designing orbits and managing Flight Dynamics ground systems for a diverse set of spacecraft, including the Earth Observing System Terra and Aura spacecraft.  She holds Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park.