Adjunct Faculty, Pre-EngineeringCedar Valley College
LaTasha T. Starr's innovative academic and professional approach to engineering and science provided her unique research opportunities with NASA's Ames Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Boeing Company and Spain's Centro de Astrobiología before beginning her career as a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC). Less than a year later, she was one of only 15 engineers selected by LMSSC to participate in its Engineering Leadership Development Program.
As an LMSSC software systems engineer, she worked on NASA's GOES-R/SUVI (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series Solar Ultraviolet Imager) program, where she was responsible for the design, fabrication, testing and validation of solar telescopes used for monitoring the sun's activity. Ms. Starr was also a member of the avionics team on NASA's Orion program, where she gained experience during the design and testing phases of the cockpit and display mockups for the multipurpose crew vehicle.
After completing LMSSC's Engineering Leadership Development Program, she assumed the position of vehicle integration systems engineer and systems lead for structures and mechanisms on the P734 program. She then took on a lead role on the Targets and Countermeasures program as the MBRV-8 point of contact, rounding out her past experiences in proposal development, requirements derivation and design engineering while developing new skills in areas such as mechanical assembly, integration and testing.
Her most challenging role leveraged her technical experience with new business ventures as a graduate of the Business Development Analyst/Business Development Apprenticeship Program (BDAP). One BDAP rotation in Air and Missile Defense focused on the sale of Pac-3 missiles in Japan and proposal development efforts for the HARP program as a member of the AMD Advanced Programs team. Each BDAP rotation focused on building key customer relationships in the areas of tactical missiles, combat ground vehicles and precision fires.
Ms. Starr holds a bachelor's degree in aeronautical and industrial technology from Tennessee State University in Nashville and a master's degree in human-centered design engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a doctoral candidate in manufacturing and systems engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.