MATE Texas Regional ROV Competition


2023 regional competition information coming soon!


LIsa Spence

Lisa Spence has been co-coordinating the Texas Regional ROV competitions since 2003, when she was working at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab. She received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University and worked in the nuclear and petrochemical industries before transitioning to NASA. Her 32-year career included assignments as a Space Shuttle instructor, training systems and curriculum development lead for the International Space Station, science program training coordinator for the Shuttle-Mir program in Star City, Russia, training liaison to international partner agencies, integration engineer for EVA training and development at the Neutral Buoyancy lab, and systems and operations integration engineer in the Constellation Program. Her most recent role was as the Deputy Element Manager for Flight Analogs with NASA’s Human Research Program, providing project leadership and management of multi-million dollar human research programs conducted in spaceflight analog facilities. This included overseeing the execution of simulated missions in the Human Exploration Research Analog at the Johnson Space Center, bed rest studies in Cologne, Germany, long duration isolation simulations in Moscow, Russia, and implementation of NASA human research in research stations in Antarctica.

Lisa retired from NASA in July 2019, and is currently teaching in the Master of Engineering Technical Management program for Texas A&M University. She holds Master’s degrees in Computer Systems Design, Public Administration, Biological Sciences (University of Houston – Clear Lake), and Communication & Leadership (Gonzaga University); she is a PhD Candidate in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.

In her spare time, Lisa is active in several ministries for her church; enjoys sewing; and is called “mom” by her rescued Great Dane. She has completed 100 full marathons, including one in every state in the US and all 7 continents.