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Nicole Battjes is the CEO/Owner of Rainbow Helicopters in Hawaii and is currently serving a one-year term as chair of Helicopter Association International (HAI) board of directors. Nicole founded her air tour operation in Honolulu that offers helicopter tours, private charters, and aerial photography.
Erica Brand is head of strategy and operations for Google Research’s Applied Science Division, focusing on application of artificial intelligence (AI) for science and climate. Erica’s experience in high tech program management spans silicon, hardware, and software development at various companies.
Teri Bristol is a dynamic global leader in aerospace operations, business, management, talent, and leadership development. Most recently, Teri served as the chief operating officer for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Air Traffic Organization for eight years. She oversaw the delivery of air traffic services and operational support for U.S. civil aviation, leading a 32,000 workforce and executing a $10 billion annual budget.
Dr. Patty Chang-Chien is vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T), overseeing the development of technologies that break barriers and increase the competitiveness and quality of Boeing products. Patty was previously vice president of Mission Systems and Autonomy within BR&T.
Rear Admiral Nancy Hann is director of NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and director of NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. She has served aboard NOAA aircraft as both a pilot and flight meteorologist and has supported scientific missions and unmanned aircraft missions as a pilot and project manager.
Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscience professor at the Maricopa Community Colleges, an afrofuturism artist, and an astronaut. She is the chief inspiration astronaut of Space2inspire and the founder of The Proctor Foundation for Art and Science. Sian was the mission pilot for SpaceX Inspiration4.
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Pam Melroy was sworn in as the NASA deputy administrator on June 20, 2021. In her role, she performs the duties and exercises the powers delegated by the administrator and assists the administrator in making final agency decisions to govern NASA operations. Pam served more than two decades in the U.S. Air Force and is one of only two women to command a space shuttle.