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Jill R. Meyers

Senior Manager, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

B.S. ASE 1987, The University of Texas at Austin

Jill Meyers is a senior manager for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) where she co-manages design and construction of the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA), which will deploy more than 200 antennas spread over a 5,500 square mile area, to address some of the biggest science questions that radio astronomy can help answer.

A private pilot since age 17, Meyers received her B.S. degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. She also completed graduate courses at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and holds a certification in professional project management.

Meyers has more than 30 years of experience in aviation and aerospace, including eight years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force supporting communications and radar systems around the world. After transitioning out of the military, she worked for several companies including Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman, on programs including the US/UK/NATO Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), Global Hawk and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet. She also owned an aviation management consulting business for four years, providing her expertise to organizations around the world. 

Meyers has been doing outreach and mentoring for more than 20 years. To help inspire students around the globe, she volunteered for Dreams Soar, Inc. in 2017, supporting founder Shaesta Waiz’s solo flight around the world in a single-engine aircraft. Meyers managed logistics for the 145-day mission and led the planning of 32 outreach events in 14 countries, where Shaesta inspired more than 3,000 students to follow their dreams. She has been a keynote speaker since 2014, with a focus on inspiring girls and women to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and aviation/aerospace careers.

While a student at UT Austin, Meyers was president of the Society of Women Engineers student chapter and also started Texas’ first Young Astronauts Council Chapter. She has received several awards including the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 2016 “Women in Leadership” Award and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2018 “Outstanding Enhancement of the Image of the Aerospace Profession” Award. Meyers was a finalist for the San Diego Magazine 2018 “Woman of the Year” Award and was selected in 2020 as one of the New Mexico Technology Council's “Women in Technology” honorees. In 2019, Meyers received the high honor of being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in London.

Meyers has lived all over the world and recently settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When not working or inspiring the next generation, she enjoys photography and international travel.