The Woman Behind SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell
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Elon Musk’s wingman at SpaceX turned out to be a woman, Gwynne Shotwell, an American businesswoman and engineer, the president and chief operating officer of SpaceX, where she is responsible for day-to-day operations and company growth. As of 2020, she is listed as the 49th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes and among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. Allow Windermere Sun to share some videos about Gwynne Shotwell, below:
On June 14, 2021, Northwestern University held a virtual commencement ceremony for its 163rd graduating class. SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell, a Northwestern graduate, delivered a commencement address from the SpaceX factory in Hawthorne, California, in the video published on June 14, 2021, “SpaceX COO Gwynne Shotwell, Virtual Commencement Address, Northwestern University, June 14, 2021“, below:
Shotwell opens up about sending humans to Mars, how Elon Musk taught her to think big, and the importance of taking risks during a conversation with Moira Forbes in November of 2016, in the video published on May 18, 2021, “Why SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell Doesn’t Play It Safe | Success With Moira Forbes“, below:
As president and COO of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations, as well as managing all customer and strategic relations needed to support company growth. She joined SpaceX in 2002 as vice president of business development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 50 launches, representing over $5 billion in revenue. Previously, she worked at the Aerospace Corporation and at Microcosm’s Space Systems Division. Shotwell has authored dozens of papers on a variety of subjects, including standardizing spacecraft/payload interfaces, conceptual small spacecraft design, infrared signature target modeling, space shuttle integration, and reentry vehicle operational risks. In recognition of her work, she received the 2011 World Technology Award for Individual Achievement in Space and was inducted into Women In Technology International Hall of Fame in 2012. Earlier this year, she was elected as a Fellow to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, in the video published on June 14, 2013, “Engineering America: Gwynne Shotwell at TEDxChapmanU”, below:
The story of SpaceX’s President and COO, Gwynne Shotwell, in the video published on Aug. 22, 2021, “Gwynne Shotwell: Meet the Woman Behind SpaceX“, below:
Gwynne Shotwell On Spacex’s Next Steps interviewed By Patrick Lucas Austin, Time Technology Columnist, in the video published on Oct. 23, 2020, “Gwynne Shotwell | TIME100 Talks“, below:
Gwynne Shotwell, president and COO of SpaceX, speaks exclusively to CNBC’s Morgan Brennan about the state of the space company, learning from Elon Musk’s other companies, and the outlook for launches in 2019, in the video published on May 22, 2021, “SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell On Elon Musk And The Future Of Space Launches | CNBC“, below:
What’s up at SpaceX? Engineer Gwynne Shotwell was employee number seven at Elon Musk’s pioneering aerospace company and is now its president. In conversation with TED curator Chris Anderson, she discusses SpaceX’s race to put people into orbit and the organization’s next big project, the BFR (ask her what it stands for). The new giant rocket is designed to take humanity to Mars — but it has another potential use: space travel for earthlings, in the video published on May 14, 2018, “SpaceX’s plan to fly you across the globe in 30 minutes | Gwynne Shotwell“, below
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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