Dr. Aga Goodsell is the Associate Director of Exploration Technology at NASA Ames Research Center. She has held this position since 2012. The Exploration Technology Directorate consists of approximately 300 civil servants and 400 contractors, with an annual budget of $150 million. The Directorate has four technology research and development divisions, including two of NASA’s critical infrastructure assets: NASA’s primary Arc Jet testing facility and NASA’s primary supercomputing facility. She works alongside the Director and Deputy Director in planning, directing, and coordinating the technology development and operational activities of the organization that comprises of human systems integration, intelligent systems, advanced supercomputing, and entry systems technology.
Dr. Goodsell joined NASA Ames Research Center in 1987. Her research included computational fluid dynamic analyses of transonic and supersonic aircraft and wind tunnel testing of supersonic cruise performance models for the High Speed Research Program. She was the Risk Manager for the X-37 Wing Leading Edge Thermal Protection System Project and was the Task Manager for the Shuttle Return to Flight Aerothermal Analysis Team at Ames. Dr. Goodsell was the chief of the Aerothermodynamics Branch in the Entry Systems and Technology Division from 2008 until 2012. Prior to her role as the Associate Director for the Exploration Technology Directorate, Dr. Goodsell served on a detail at NASA Langley Research Center in 2011 as the Assistant Director for Flight Vehicles in the Engineering Directorate Office.
Dr. Goodsell received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, her M.S. in Aeronautics/Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in Aeronautics/Astronautics from Stanford University. She was awarded an Outstanding Leadership Medal by NASA in 2011.