Program Manager, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Madi Sengupta is a Program Manager at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), responsible for managing the planning and eventual execution of the 2019 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Washington, D.C.
A former Space Station Robotics Instructor at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), Madi was responsible for training Space Shuttle and Space Station crews for their robotics operations onboard the Space Station and was lead Space Station Robotics Instructor for the STS-132, STS-135, and Expedition 22 mission.
In 2011, at the end of the Space Shuttle Program, Madi left NASA to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy, focusing on understanding the drivers of domestic and foreign policy and the interdependencies between the technical and policy worlds, in order to apply this understanding to influence US space policy. To this end, she worked with her home state of Texas to complete an assessment of the economic growth potential of commercial spaceflight in the state. After graduation, Madi worked as a policy analyst for the City of Houston, before finally making the move inside the Beltway to the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation and, more recently, AIAA.
Madi holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.