Executive Officer Associate Administrator, Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate
Amelia Batcha serves as the Executive Officer to the Associate Administrator of the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD) at NASA Headquarters. In this role, Amelia leads front office operations to support directorate management, international and industry partners, and project activities; maintains overview of issues, policies, and program developments; and implements a broad spectrum of management actions. She provides recommendations and detailed analyses on technical or strategic topics for senior ESDMD management.
She is also a trajectory design engineer who lead console work on the Artemis I mission as a certified Trajectory Analysis Retargeting and Optimization (TARGO) Officer in the Mission Evaluation Room (MER). Previously in her role at the Johnson Space Center, she served as the Orion Lead to the Exploration Systems Development cross-program and intra-agency End-to-end Mission Performance Team (EMPT) responsible for trajectory products used for the Artemis missions. She managed configuration and data products of mission feasibility and opportunities for launch date planning. She designed trajectories that close performance gaps and balance margins to maximize Artemis I launch opportunities and support development of mission contingency scenarios in conjunction with the Flight Operations Directorate.
Amelia earned her bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in astrodynamics from Purdue University.