Cindy Mahler is the Director of University Innovation at Boeing within the Enterprise Technology Office. She is responsible for aligning and growing university capabilities and opportunities with the company’s technical development needs. Previously, Cindy was the Boeing Research & Technology Strategic Technical University Program Manager focused on a small portfolio of key university relationships. Prior to joining Boeing Research & Technology, Cindy was the Boeing HorizonX Commercial Space Innovation Strategy Lead working across Boeing businesses, customers, non-traditional partners and startups to identify, evaluate, and test new technologies and business models as related to igniting and sustaining commercial human space exploration.
She has supported numerous NASA programs for Boeing (systems engineering / systems integration) including the International Space Station (ISS), Space Launch System (SLS), and the Commercial Crew Program over the past 20 years. NASA awarded her one of the coveted NASA Silver Snoopy Awards early in her career for the transformational work she performed integrating the astronaut/cosmonaut training program for the ISS Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) system that ultimately led to a 40% reduction of training for ISS expedition flights because of the alignment of the training courses between the two countries and developing integrated courses that could be taught in either country.
While an undergraduate at Purdue, Cindy founded an annual STEM educational outreach event, Purdue Space Day, that has reached over 20,000 3-8th graders introducing them to hands on space-themed activities and opportunities to interact with Purdue Alumnus Astronauts. The 25th anniversary event was held in 2020 with over 4,000 students participating virtually for the first time.
Cindy has a Bachelor’s in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Rice University, and a Certificate in Space Studies from the International Space University.