Lisa Hardaway, Ph.D.

Chief Engineer
Orion Program
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Co., Boulder, CO

Dr. Hardaway is responsible for overseeing the design, development, and test of a suite of sensors used for relative navigation. Prior to this, she was the technical manager for the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3, a hybrid UV to IR camera that which is enabling a deeper understanding of our universe, and the Ralph camera on the New Horizons mission to Pluto, which will provide color, composition and thermal mapping of Pluto and Charon in 2015. Through her Ph.D. thesis work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Dr. Hardaway observed, for the first time, several different phenomena that lead to the instability of structures under nanometer deformation. She also holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. Dr. Hardaway is an active member of AIAA and is the secretary for the Structures Technical Committee. In past lives, Dr. Hardaway was a structural/mechanical engineer for the International Space Station, FA 18-E/F, Chandra, and Deep Impact programs. In her free time, she enjoys attending her kids’ soccer matches, chasing her wayward dogs, and hiking in the foothills.