Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Ellen Plese


Office: A103Q
Phone: 970-491-8340
Cell Phone: 303-919-4625

Ellen Plese

Manager of Strategic Planning and Operations

Mechanical Engineering

Ellen is an engineering and program management executive with 30 years of experience designing, building and operating large rockets. She retired from United Launch Alliance in October 2014 as the General Manager for Human Launch Services.  

Ellen has broad experience in business development, product design, manufacturing, operations, and human resources, and is particularly excellent at managing complex, non-recurring development programs, and deploying systems on schedule and within budget. She is passionate about engineering development and mentoring students and early career professionals. 


  • B.S., Missouri University of Science & Technology—Aerospace Engineering
  • MBA, Washington University in St. Louis