Wanda M. Austin

Wanda M. Austin

Interim President, University of Southern California

Age 63

Director since December 2016

Independent: Yes

Chevron Committees: Board Nominating and Governance; Public Policy (Chair)

Current Public Company Directorships: Amgen Inc.

Dr. Austin has been Interim President at the University of Southern California since August 2018, and has held an adjunct at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering since 2007. She served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the United States' national security space programs, from 2008 until her retirement in 2016. From 2004 to 2007, she was Senior Vice President, National Systems Group, at Aerospace. Dr. Austin joined The Aerospace Corporation in 1979.

Other Directorships and Memberships: Horatio Alger Association; National Academy of Engineering; University of Southern California.

Skills and Qualifications

Business Leadership / Operations: Eight years as CEO of The Aerospace Corporation. Thirty seven-year career with The Aerospace Corporation included numerous senior management and executive positions. Established MakingSpace, Inc., a leadership and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) consulting firm in December 2017.

Finance: More than a decade of financial responsibility and experience at The Aerospace Corporation. Audit Committee member at Amgen Inc.

Global Business / International Affairs: Internationally recognized for her work in satellite and payload system acquisition, systems engineering, and system simulation. Former CEO of a company that provides space systems expertise to international organizations.

Government / Regulatory / Public Policy: Served on President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and President’s Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee. Appointed to the Defense Science Board and the NASA Advisory Council. 

Research / Academia: Research Professor at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.  

Science / Technology / Engineering: Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California. Master of Science in both Systems Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh. Thirty seven-year career in national security space programs. Director at Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company. Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Updated: October 2018