Tracie Prater is an engineer in the Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she is currently the laboratory lead for the in-space manufacturing (ISM) project. ISM is tasked with developing the materials, processes, and design practices to enable manufacturing off-world. The project includes technology development in recycling, metal additive manufacturing, printed electronics, and in-process monitoring. The International Space Station serves as a critical test bed for evaluating the utility of manufacturing technologies to meet needs for sparing and repair on space missions. She also serves as a subject matter expert for NASA’s Centennial Challenges prize competition program and helped to develop the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. She has a B.S. in Physics from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. Tracie is also a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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