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Niki Werkheiser

Program Executive, Game Changing Development Program


Niki Werkheiser is the NASA Headquarters Executive for the Game Changing Development (GCD) Program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). GCD advances technologies for future space missions. Concurrently, she serves as the Lead for the Agency’s Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative (LSII), with the objective of spurring the creation of novel technologies needed for lunar surface exploration.

Prior to her current roles, Ms. Werkheiser led the Agency’s In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) efforts, including the development and implementation of on-demand manufacturing and repair capabilities. She brings a wealth of expertise and a proven approach to managing complex programs. Ms. Werkheiser is particularly passionate about creating competitive programs and public-private partnerships across government, industry, academia, and non-profit organizations .

Ms. Werkheiser earned a M.S. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with an emphasis in Gravitational and Space Biology, as well as a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Russian Studies.


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