Donna Lee Shirley

Donna Shirley, President of Managing Creativity, is a well-known manager, educator, speaker, consultant and trainer on the management of creative teams. She retired in August 1998 as Manager of the $150M/year Mars Exploration Program after a 32-year career at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Prior to becoming manager of the Mars Exploration Program Ms. Shirley managed the team that built Sojourner, the Microrover, which was landed by the highly successful Mars Pathfinder project on the surface of Mars on July 4, 1997. In 2003 she retired from the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering where she was Assistant Dean and an instructor of Aerospace Mechanical Engineering. In 2002-2003 she was the founding Director of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Shirley has an MS in Aerospace Engineering plus over forty years experience in engineering of aerospace and civil systems, including thirty years in management. She has numerous technical and management awards including four honorary Doctorates. She is the author of Managing Martians, published in 1998 and 1999, and Managing Creativity, available at her web site. She has one daughter who recently completed her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience, and one grandson.

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The Mars Millenium Educational Project

Live From Mars Biographies

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