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Alumna Awarded Women In Aerospace’s Special Achievement Award

December 1, 2011

   Amanda Zuber

Women in Aerospace has recognized electrical engineering alumna Amanda (Martin) Zuber with the special achievement award for her contributions to the aerospace industry and the advancement of women in the career field.  She was recognized at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Zuber, an Air Force captain, is field program manager for the military's Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).  In this role, she oversaw the preparation and launch of a satellite that's part of the SBIRS satellite group, one of the nation's highest-priority space programs.  The group provides timely, reliable and accurate missile warning information to the President, the Secretary of Defense, military commanders and multiple intelligence agencies within the government.

According to her nomination packet, Zuber displayed an "innate ability to logically work through problems while seeking out the win-win outcome to situations made her the perfect selection as the FPM for SBIRS, resulting in the launch of a revolutionary new ballistic missile defense capability for the United States."

Zuber earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 2004 and was commissioned as a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Indiana State University.  She has served in a variety of acquisitions assignments with Air Force Space Command and Air Force Materiel Command.


Zuber began her career in the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensors Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.  She held many positions in the Sensors Directorate, including target/threat analysis engineer and target signature production lead in the Signature and Modeling Branch, program manager for advanced target recognition in the Find Fix Track & ID Branch and the combat identification demonstration test lead in the Combat ID Division.

Prior to becoming the field program manager for SBIRS and MUOS, Zuber was the chief of unit training for the 45th Launch Support Squadron at the Air Force's Cape Canaveral (Fla.) launch site, serving as the officer-in-charge of training and certification for 78 multi-disciplined military and civilian personnel.  She has received the Air Force's commendation medal, achievement medal and global war on terrorism service medal.

Women in Aerospace is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding women's opportunities for leadership and to increasing their visibility within the aerospace community.  Learn more at