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Vanessa K. Stromer
Deputy Director
Information Technology and Communication Services
Deputy Chief Information Officer

Vanessa K. Stromer is the deputy director of the Information Technology (IT) and Communication Services Directorate and the deputy chief information officer (CIO) at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Her organization of 140 civil servants and 500 contractors is responsible for development, integration and operations of the information technology and communications systems and services at the center. Additionally, she is responsible for ensuring that KSC's information systems are acquired and managed in accordance with federal requirements and agency policy.

Stromer joined KSC in 1988 as a digital design engineer for the Launch Processing System in the Ground Engineering Directorate. In 1992, she was assigned to the Shuttle Operations Directorate where she managed the Checkout, Control and Monitor Subsystem replacement project that replaced computer systems in seven control rooms at three NASA Centers. In 1994, Stromer became the chief information officer for the Shuttle Operations Directorate. She was assigned to the Information Technology Directorate as the associate director in 1997 to form the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) Office for Space Flight (OSF) Lead Service Center. She continued to consolidate KSC's information technology services through 2003 as the chief of KSC's Information Technology Division. In 2003, she became the chief of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Information Technology (IT) Security Office at KSC. In this position, Stromer had centerwide responsibility for planning and managing IT security for all computer systems and IT infrastructure. She was also the acting KSC CIO responsible for ensuring that KSC's information systems were acquired and managed in accordance with federal requirements and agency policy.

Stromer received a NASA Certificate of Accomplishment and a letter from the President of the United States in 2004 for her efforts in achieving the President's Management Agenda (PMA) electronic government initiatives. She received the Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award in 2003, an Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1999, and a Certificate of Commendation in 1997. She has participated in several leadership development programs including a yearlong detail assignment to the Office of the CIO at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society Program, and the agency's Management Education Program.

Stromer was born in Clanton, Ala., and grew up in Huntsville, Ala., where she graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1985. She earned a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Central Florida in 1991. She lives in Cocoa Beach.

May 2011

Biographies - Current Employees