Dr. Lisa Watson-Morgan
TOPIC: The Coming of Artemis: Next Generation Moon Exploration
Lisa Watson-Morgan is program manager of the NASA Human Landing System Program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She oversees the integrated lunar landing systems, to include vehicles and systems that will transport the first woman and next man to the Moon’s south pole. The landing system is a key element of NASA’s bold new Artemis Program, leveraging NASA’s Space Launch System and Orion crew spacecraft to return explorers to the Moon by 2024, and, via the lunar Gateway orbital platform, reigniting America’s leadership in crewed exploration. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering in 1994 and a doctorate in engineering management in 2008. She received a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 2018. Watson-Morgan and her husband live in Huntsville and have three children.