Lisa Porter resigned, effective Feb. 1, 2008.
Image left: Lisa J. Porter, Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research. Photo credit: Bill Ingalls.
Associate Administrator for Aeronautics Research
Lisa J. Porter
Lisa J. Porter is the NASA Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. In this position, she manages the agency's aeronautics research portfolio and guides its strategic direction. The portfolio includes research in the fundamental aeronautics of flight, aviation safety and the nation's airspace system.
Porter co-chairs the National Science & Technology Council's Aeronautics Science & Technology Subcommittee. Comprised of federal departments and agencies that fund aeronautics-related research, the subcommittee wrote the nation's first Presidential Policy for Aeronautics R&D. The Policy was established by Executive Order 13419 in December 2006 and will guide U.S. aeronautics R&D programs through 2020. The subcommittee is currently writing the National Aeronautics R&D Plan and accompanying RDT&E Infrastructure Plan that was called for by the Executive Order.
Porter came to NASA following her service as senior scientist in the Advanced Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While there, she created and managed programs in diverse technical areas ranging from fundamental scientific research to multi-disciplinary systems-level development and integration efforts. Two of her programs focused on developing physics-based predictive design tools that leveraged advanced computational fluid dynamics. The Helicopter Quieting Program focused on developing the capability to design quiet rotor blades with minimal impact on aircraft performance. The Friction Drag Reduction Program focused on developing the capability to implement friction drag reduction technologies on naval platforms.
Porter has a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University. She was a lecturer and postdoctoral research associate at MIT. She received the Alpha Nu Sigma MIT Student Chapter Outstanding Teaching Award in 1996. She has authored more than 25 publications in a broad range of technical disciplines including nuclear engineering, solar physics, plasma physics, computational materials modeling, explosives detection, and vibration control of flexible structures.