Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. Not since the Apollo generation has there been a mission to excite the next generation into STEM. Tune into this 2023 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session to hear from leaders at NASA about the mission and how to bring it to your students.
Don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for space operations at NASA and the first woman in her position at NASA, as well as Mike Kincaid who will share more on the STEM engagement function that supports students in the realization of NASA's unique missions. Alicia Baturoni Cortez, former public school teacher and career STEM educator at NASA, will share learning opportunities you can use to engage students more deeply in STEM.
Mike Kincaid, Associate Administrator, Office of STEM Engagement, NASA
As associate administrator, Kincaid oversees strategic direction and leadership of NASA’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement function, which attracts and supports the involvement of students in the realization of NASA’s unique missions. Kincaid’s office engages America’s educators, students and institutions in these unique missions, contributing to NASA’s mission success, as well as the nation’s overall STEM education ecosystem.
Kincaid chairs NASA's STEM Engagement Council, which integrates, oversees and assesses NASA’s STEM engagement functions and activities agencywide. Kincaid is also co-chair of Federal Coordination in STEM Education (FC-STEM), a multiagency committee focused on coordinating and enhancing STEM education efforts across the federal government. Read more.
Kathy Lueders, Associate Administrator for Space Operations, NASA
Kathryn Lueders serves as the associate administrator of NASA’s Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD), overseeing the International Space Station (ISS), the Commercial LEO Development Program, Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN), Launch Services Program (LSP), Human Spaceflight Capabilities, and operations of crewed Artemis missions.
Lueders previously served as the first female associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, managing the agency’s full human spaceflight portfolio. Read more.
Alicia Baturoni Cortez, Office of STEM Engagement, NASA
Alicia Baturoni Cortez is a career STEM educator with 27 years’ experience creating engaging learning opportunities for students of all ages. Each of her professional experiences from Michigan public school teacher to non-profit professional development provider, to NASA Education Program Specialist has been dedicated to lighting a spark in students and educators. She uses the excitement of human spaceflight to inspire learners to be curious and pursue their passions. Alicia works in the Office of STEM Engagement at NASA Headquarters. In this role, she connects students and educators to the next era of human exploration as NASA works to establish a sustainable presence on the Moon and prepares for missions to Mars. She lives in Houston, TX where she is an active member of the educational advocacy community for diversity and inclusion. In addition to raising her two sons with her husband, her hobbies include adventure motorcycle riding and growing tropical plants in their garden.