Rick Mastracchio is a Director in Program Management at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is serving as program manager for NASA’s Gateway programs.
Rick is a former NASA Astronaut, Mission Specialist, Flight Engineer and EVA Spacewalk Lead. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an Astronaut and extensive experience in project management, systems design, engineering and technical operations. He has served as a crew member on the Space Shuttles Atlantis, Discovery and Endeavor, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and ISS.
A native of Connecticut, Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Connecticut, and master’s degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Houston.
Rick is an experienced public speaker who uses his space mission experiences to develop topics for industry and uses NASA’s missions to excite and educate students of all ages.