USNA Women’s SIG STEM Fireside Chat with Astronauts Nicole Mann ’99 and Kayla Barron ’10

Kayla Barron, Nicole Mann

LtCol Nicole Aunapu Mann ’99 USMC was selected by NASA in June 2013. She is currently training for the crew flight test of Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, the first experimental flight test for that spacecraft. Mann and her crewmates are working closely with Boeing to develop their new spacecraft systems, which will provide roundtrip crew transportation services to the International Space Station and, along with SpaceX’s CrewDragon, return the ability to launch humans into space from United States soil. The California native holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Mann served as a test pilot in the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet and deployed twice aboard aircraft carriers in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read more about Nicole here:

LCDR Kayla Barron ’10 USN was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. She reported for duty in August 2017 and having completed the initial astronaut candidate training is now eligible for a mission assignment. The Washington native graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering. A Gates Cambridge Scholar, Barron earned a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Cambridge. As a Submarine Warfare Officer, Barron was a member of the first class of women commissioned into the submarine community. Read more about Kayla here:

CAPT Wendy Lawrence ’81 USN ret, our first alumna to receive the Distinguished Graduate Award, will moderate this session.  A member of only the second class in Naval Academy history to include women,  Wendy was the daughter and granddaughter of Naval Academy graduates and spent much of her childhood without her father, a prisoner of war in Vietnam who later became the Academy’s 49th Superintendent and a Distinguished Graduate himself. She went on to rank 12th in her graduating class, became instrumental in forming the women’s crew team, served as deputy Brigade Commander and earned one of just five naval aviator billets available to women in her class. Wendy was a member of four shuttle missions including time on the International Space Station.  Read more about Wendy here:—dga19-bio-lawrence


USNA Women’s SIG STEM Fireside Chat with RADM Kate Gregory ’82 CEC, USN ret.

Thursday, January 14th we’re kicking off 2021 Fireside Chat Series featuring RADM Kate Gregory ’82 CEC, USN ret.  Kate had an amazing career in the CEC with many firsts and culminating with her assignment as the first female chief of staff for the First Naval Construction Division and commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command.  Click here for an interesting insight into her naval career.


Since her retirement, she has been busy.  Kate is currently Fermilab’s chief operating officer. She leads the Operational Excellence initiative, empowering leaders across the enterprise with metrics and associated analytics tools, streamlined work processes and resource alignment. She is also responsible for line management of the Facilities Engineering Services Section and the Workforce Development & Resources Section and is accountable for the FY2018 PEMP Corrective Action Plan and the FY2019 PEMP Notable Outcomes. Gregory manages the Contractor Assurance System, which crosscuts all the lab’s operations, and provides a meaningful summary of performance and compliance to the FRA Board of Directors and the Department of Energy. She serves as the Lab Liaison to the Operations and Finance Committee of the FRA Board.

Register in advance for this Fireside Chat here: