Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sandy Magnus

Sandra H. Magnus, Ph.D.

Deputy Director for Engineering within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering

Dr. Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus is the Deputy Director for Engineering within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.  She serves as the DoD’s Chief Engineer for Advanced Capabilities.  In this role, she is the lead for engineering policy, practice, and the DoD engineering workforce, as well as digital engineering and systems of systems engineering initiatives.  She leads mission integration management, independent technical risk assessments, and program planning and execution.

Formerly an Astronaut with NASA Dr. Magnus flew on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002 and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011.  She flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008 and served 4 months on board as flight engineer and science officer.