This episode features an interview with Janet Petro, Director at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, and West Point Class of 1981.
Janet began her professional career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army after graduating in 1981 from West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. She was in the second class of West Point graduates to include women.
Prior to being named Director at the Kennedy Space Center, Janet served as the deputy director since April 2007. During her tenure, she served a 12-month appointment at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as the deputy associate administrator and acting director for the Office of Evaluation.
Prior to joining NASA, Janet served in various management positions for Science Applications International Corporation and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Corporation.
In this episode, Janet talks about her journey from West Point cadet to her current role as Director of the Kennedy Space Center, her fascinating conversation with Elon Musk and partnering with SpaceX, and what to expect from NASA in the near future.
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(02:09) Janet’s background and experience at West Point
(10:04) Current role as Director of the Kennedy Space Center
(17:40) Mentorship and advice for cadets
(22:06) Graduation and becoming an aviator
(37:20) Upcoming NASA missions
(39:33) Partnering with SpaceX and speaking with Elon
(46:55) Astronauts and traveling into space
(52:09) Final thoughts