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Associate Director Mission Operations
Nancy McKown is the Mission Operations Manager at USRA for SOFIA. She is responsible for coordinating and leading the efforts of the Mission Operations team that supports the science missions, as well as flying on the airplane in the role of In-Flight Mission Director on a regular basis. McKown received her degree in Engineering from UCLA with a focus on Systems Engineering. Prior to joining the SOFIA team, McKown worked on the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO).