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Lynne Cooper

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Engineering Management

General Engineering


Lynne Cooper, assistant professor of the practice of engineering management, joins Vanderbilt from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory after a 28-year career where she led the JPL Proposal Center. A former captain in the U.S. Air Force, Cooper’s role at NASA included working on multiple Mars missions, re-engineering the New Product Development process, and leading applied artificial intelligence research. She also managed the successful Mars Helicopter Proposal, which led to the Ingenuity Helicopter’s historic flight on Mars.

Prior to joining Vanderbilt, she served as an industry faculty member for engineering management at the University of Southern California’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and at Washington State University in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship.