Dr. Merri J. Sanchez, a Senior Level executive, is Chief Science and Technical Advisor, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She is responsible for space system development and acquisitions and serves as the primary adviser to the commander on all scientific and technical matters concerning space and cyberspace research and development programs. Sanchez represents AFSPC science and technology on decisions, high-level planning, and policy throughout the U.S. government, industry, academia, the international community, and other scientific and technology organizations at venues that affect the command. Sanchez entered government service in 1982 with NASA and has more than 30 years of space engineering, management and financial experience working projects for the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and X-38 Crew Return Vehicle. She also served as the NASA Liaison working NASA-wide interests directly with the Commanders of AFSPC, STRATCOM and NORAD/NORTHCOM. Prior to assuming her current position, Sanchez was Senior Director for the Space Systems Group at the Sierra Nevada Corporation in Louisville, CO, where she was Deputy Program Executive and Program Manager for the Dream Chaser commercial crew spacecraft development. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University; a Master of Science in Physical Sciences from University of Houston at Clear Lake; a Master of Mechanical Engineering from University of Houston at Houston; and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering from University of Houston at Houston. Sanchez is a fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is the author of more than 17 publications.