Ms. Emerson began her NASA career at the Glenn Research Center in 1991 after 6 years of private industry experience as a research and development engineer at the Motorola Government Electronics Group in Scottsdale, Arizona where she was responsible for the development of radar and communication systems. At NASA, Ms. Emerson initially served as a system safety engineer for the International Space Station Program and later became the lead system safety engineer and power system integrated product team lead for the US/Russian Solar Dynamic Flight Demonstration Project. In 1997, she was promoted to Chief of the Avionics, Power and Communications Branch and then held multiple Division-level positions within the engineering organization including; Deputy Chief of the Engineering Systems Division, Deputy Chief of the Avionics and Electrical Systems Division and Acting Division Chief of the Systems Engineering organization. In these roles, she provided organizational leadership and technical expertise to multi-disciplinary engineers responsible for the design, analysis and development of spaceflight and research systems. In 2009, Ms. Emerson served as the Deputy Chief Engineer for the Constellation Program at the Johnson Space Center and in 2010 she served as a senior member of the Formulation, Transition and Special Analysis Team in the SOMD Resource Management and Analysis Office at NASA Headquarters. Prior to assuming her current position as NESC Chief Engineer at the Glenn Research Center, she was the Deputy Project Manager during formulation of the Solar Electric Propulsion Flight Demonstration Project.
Ms. Emerson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo.