Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo is the Senior Technical Lead for Advanced Entry, Descent and Landing Vehicle Technology Development at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Primarily focusing on Mars exploration over the past 20 years, she has worked on several missions to the planet including the Odyssey and Reconnaissance Orbiter aerobraking operations and as a member of the Entry, Descent and Landing Team that successfully landed the Curiosity Rover in 2012 and the InSight lander in 2018. Using that experience, she worked to identify technology investments to enable human exploration of both the Moon and Mars. Currently, she serves as the Systems Engineering Team Deputy for the Artemis Program’s Human Landing System. She has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Creighton University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from The George Washington University.