Gwynne Shotwell

Gwynne Shotwell

As  President   and  COO of  SpaceX,  Gwynne  Shotwell is  responsible for  day-to-day  operations and managing all customer and strategic relations to support  company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as  Vice   President  of   Business   Development  and   built   the   Falcon  vehicle  family  manifest  to approximately 170 Launches, representing more than $20 billion in business. Shotwell is a member of the SpaceX Board of Directors.


Prior  to  joining  SpaceX, Shotwell spent  more  than  10  years  at  the  Aerospace  Corporation,  holding positions in Space Systems Engineering, Technology and Project  Management. She was promoted to the role  of Chief  Engineer  of an MLV-class  satellite program,  managed  a Landmark study  for the Federal Aviation  Administration on commercial space transportation, and completed an extensive  analysis  of space policy  for NASA’s future  investment in space transportation.

orld-class research, engineering and technology development, information systems, human health and performance,  operations and missions solutions. The Human Exploration Division (HED) portfolio includes the IMOCII, MSOC, ESOC, and HHPC contracts at Johnson Space Center, which are valued at over $3.8B. HED is critical to NASA’s human spaceflight operations including mission planning, training and execution of all human spaceflight missions.   HED is key to implementing NASA’s commercial spaceflight vision and is actively supporting private astronaut training and other commercial concepts.  HED is also proud to serve our local community participating in over 30 community service events in 2019.

In addition  to being included on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, Shotwell was awarded the

2020 Von Karmen Wings award.  In 2018 Shotwell was named  the Satellite Executive  of the Year and she was awarded the AIM Goddard Astronautics Awards as well as the American Society  of Mechanical Engineers Ralph Coats Roe Medal.  Fortune  Magazine placed  Shotwell at #42 on their list of the World’s 50 Greatest  Leaders in 2018 and Forbes named  her #55 on their  list of Power Women in

2019. Gwynne was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering  in 2020 and in 2019 was appointed to the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group. In 2014, Shotwell was appointed to the United States Export Import  Bank’s Advisory Committee and the Federal Aviation Administration’s Management Advisory Council.   Shotwell was elected to the honorable grade of Fellow  with  the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Through leadership in both corporate and external science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, Shotwell has helped  raise over $1.8 million for STEM programs reaching thousands of students nationwide.


Shotwell received, with honors, her bachelor’s and master’s degrees  from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and serves on their Board. She has authored dozens of papers on a variety of space related subjects.

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