Manager of the Research Integration Office, International Space Station Program, NASA
Ryan L. Prouty is the manager of the research integration office. In this position, she provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and program management for all elements of the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory portfolio. Previously, she led the strategy, planning, and execution of Johnson Space Center’s Dare. Unite. Explore. Vision., driving initiatives and activities centered on the exciting and ever-evolving future of human spaceflight in the Space City. “The mission, should we all choose to accept, is leaving the status quo squarely on Earth as we rocket to new and awe-inspiring destinations.” She spent 20+ years in the International Space Station Program. She led the organization that defines the launch sequence of all vehicles to the international orbiting laboratory, what science experiments and supplies will fill those vehicles, and what the crew will accomplish with those supplies and throughout their stay onboard. She also led multiple teams of highly skilled mid-level managers: one that directed failure recovery activities for onboard vehicle system failures through the completion of the shuttle program and the assembly of the station, and another that managed research integration activities for the ISS science complement. Her most challenging role up to now will prove to be the stepping stone to the future. She initiated and led a paradigm shift for the people in the space station program from values and norms required for building a space vehicle to values and norms required to enable scientific discovery and viable commerce in low Earth orbit; an effort to completely reengineer the ISS program in order for it to better meet its vision of enabling science discovery and fostering commercial enterprise in space. The initiative, Revolutionize ISS for Science and Exploration, was a monumental culture change initiative, the likes of which rarely, if ever, occur in a government agency. Throughout her career, she has been awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and two Exceptional Achievement Medals, two highly regarded awards within the Agency, and a Silver Snoopy and two Space Flight Achievements. She began her career in 1997 as a communications and tracking officer, where she logged thousands of hours as the sole operator monitoring ISS performance on orbit and was the first-ever female certified for this console position. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Wyoming, where she was raised.