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Katherine (Katie) Dommer is an Associate Technical Fellow at Aerojet Rocketdyne in the Systems Engineering discipline.  Currently, she serves as the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Chief Systems Engineer for the Crew Module and Service Module propulsion elements.  In this role, she oversees the integration of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s propulsion content into NASA’s next vehicle to carry astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit.

Ms. Dommer’s area of expertise is in the in-space liquid rocket engine propulsion field.  She has provided system engineering leadership on many Aerojet Rocketdyne programs, supporting both government and commercial customers.  Since joining the company in 1988, she he has held successive roles of responsibility.  Most recently, she was the chief systems engineer for the Crew Module propulsion pods for the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 vehicle, which successfully flew in December 2014.

Prior to this role, Ms. Dommer led the systems engineering efforts for numerous propulsion programs and was a key contributor to the successful launch and operations of the MESSENGER spacecraft propulsion system which is currently in orbit around Mercury.

Ms. Dommer earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.  She has authored several technical papers for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has received numerous recognition awards from Aerojet Rocketdyne and other organizations, including Johns Hopkins University and Lockheed Martin.

Ms. Dommer resides in Folsom, California with her husband.  She enjoys reading, hiking and keeping up with her two adult children.


Deborah Radasch is the Director of Strategic Universities for Boeing Global Technology where she is responsible for the R&D portfolio selection and management of Boeing’s global strategic university portfolio.  In addition, she serves as the technology representative on Boeing’s Higher Education Integration Board and is the Boeing representative and board member for the National Academies’ Government University Research Roundtable, GUIRR, and the Industry Chair for the University Industry Demonstration Partnership, UIDP. Prior to this, Deborah supported the Chief Technology Office and the V.P. of Boeing Research & Technology in portfolio planning and selection. 

Radasch has a diverse background, having program management roles in key development and production programs including the F/A-18, F-15, and Future Combat Systems, as well as assuming many functional leadership roles in engineering, technology, business development, manufacturing and supplier management. She has held adjunct faculty positions at Washington University in St. Louis, Maryville University, Saint Louis University, and Fontbonne University.  She received her Ph.D. in decision sciences and finance from Saint Louis University, and her M.S. and B.S. degrees in operations research and decision sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.  

Active in the community, Debbie has been recognized for her community efforts through Boeing's William Allen Award, the Jaycees Young Outstanding St. Louisian Award, National Hearts of Gold Award, and the National CASA Award.  She has been active in and held leadership roles in the National Charity League. Debbie enjoys running, aerobics classes, and gardening.  She lives in St. Louis with her husband and two daughters. 

Tara Murphy is the Vice President and General Manager for Keurig Green Mountain, Global Brand & Product - Cold Systems. She is leading the refreshment revolution by bringing Keurig single serve convenience and variety to cold beverage categories.

Tara is a results-driven leader with expertise in engineering, operations, brand management and market strategy. While at Procter & Gamble for seventeen years, Tara’s career started in technical and transitioned to commercial with a record of achievement along the way. Prior to joining Keurig Green Mountain in 2013, Tara ran the US Home Care category for Reckitt Benckiser.

Tara Murphy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering.