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Jenny Lyons is the chief of the Fleet and Systems Management Division in the Launch Services Program (LSP) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a role she has filled since 2006. She is responsible for leading the LSP’s technical integration of the launch vehicle fleets and missions, providing insight and approval required for independent NASA assessment of launch vehicle readiness, and launch vehicle certification. In 2010, she served as chair of the NASA Launch Services (NLS) II source evaluation board, which awarded multiple contracts to meet NASA’s requirements for competitive, commercial launch services through 2020.
After working for Grumman Aerospace on the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) Program, Lyons joined NASA and the Kennedy Space Center in 1988 as an operations engineer in the Shuttle Processing organization. In 1993, she was selected as a member of the Space Station Redesign Team and temporarily assigned to NASA Headquarters. Upon returning to Kennedy, she was chosen as the NASA Vehicle Manager (NVM) for OV-103/Discovery. As NVM, and subsequently as the acting Flow Director, she was responsible for planning and management of orbiter and integrated space shuttle operations for the orbiter Discovery. She was the first woman to serve as NASA Convoy Commander (NCC) for a space shuttle landing and was the first woman to serve as the senior official for ferry flight cross-country operations of the orbiter and Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). In 1998, she was selected as Kennedy's strategic planning manager. In this role, she served as an advisor to the Center Director and Deputy Director, as well as senior management, on Kennedy strategic planning policy, initiatives and analyses concerning present and future Kennedy operations and development. She also served as the deputy director of Kennedy's Human Resources Office from 2003 to 2004, before transitioning to the LSP as the deputy chief of the Vehicle Engineering Division in 2004.
Lyons was the recipient of a NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1993 and 2001, the Kennedy Space Center Strategic Leadership Award in 2004, a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2005, and numerous group achievement awards. She received a Bachelor of Science in aerospace and ocean engineering from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in space technology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida.