Software Architecture and Engineering Department, The Aerospace Corporation
Inducted in 2016
Roberta Banaszak Gleiter earned her B.S. in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1960, married her college sweetheart after graduation, and spent the next two decades raising her family. During that time she initiated programs to improve math education and introduced her community to women in engineering.
Ms. Gleiterís career was launched in 1980 when as a re-entry woman she joined The Aerospace Corporation with a focus on satellite and ground systems management and project engineering. Early on, she pioneered environmental efforts at government satellite launch sites and was recognized with a Programs Group Achievement Award. Ms. Gleiter is a certified Hazardous Materials Manager at the Masterís level. She served as Principal Investigator for research on Department of Defense Acquisition Reform, is the author of numerous technical publications, and has received many engineering accolades from both the U.S. Air Force and Aerospace. As well, she has earned a number of awards for engineering and leadership.
Currently Ms. Gleiter is the CEO and board chair of the Global Institute For Technology & Engineering (GIFTE), a nonprofit educational public service organization dedicated to elevating the status of women in the international technology and engineering work force. Throughout her career, Ms. Gleiter has supported STEM awareness on the Congressional level. Internationally, she has broken barriers related to technical women in China, France, Japan, Canada and New Zealand. She is a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering.