Debra Facktor Lepore

Industry Professor; Program Director, Technical Leadership; Director, Strategic Programs, Systems Engineering Research Center (SERC)



B.S.E. Aerospace Engineering (Magna Cum Laude) 1988 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

M.S.E. Aerospace Engineering 1989 - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Professional Activities/Services

  • President of the Women in Aerospace (WIA) Foundation, Inc.
  • President of the Washington State Women's Forum
  • Appointed Member of the FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) and Chairman of COMSTAC's Space Transportation Operations Working Group (STOWG)
  • 2009 Chair of the Board of Directors of WIA
  • Former chair of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Space Council

Awards and Honors

  • “100 Top Women in Seattle Tech”, one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2008 Women of Influence and 2006 “40 Under 40” Awardees
  • Recipient of WIA’s 2007 International Achievement Award
  • Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)
  • Former Secretary of the IAA Commission on Space Policy, Law and Economics
  • Alumna of the International Space University (ISU) 1989 summer session program.