Aga M. Goodsell joined NASA at Ames Research Center in 1987. Her prior 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 worked for the X-37 Wing Leading Edge Thermal Protection System Project as the risk manager for Ames. She was also the task manager for the Shuttle Return to Flight Aerothermal Analysis Team.
Goodsell joined the Entry Systems Division in 2006 and became the chief of the Aerothermodynamics Branch in 2008. Prior to her role as the acting associate director for the Exploration Technology Directorate, Goodsell was on detail to NASA's Langley Research Center as the assistant director for Flight Vehicles in the Engineering Directorate Office.
She 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.