NASA Names New CTO For IT
Dr. Sasi Kumar Pillay is the new NASA Chief Technology Officer for IT. Prior to his new role, Dr. Pillay served as the Chief Information Officer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. He was responsible for advocating, managing, and implementing information technology investments and infrastructure at Glenn. Dr. Pillay had a broad scope of responsibility, including managing administrative telecommunications, desktop computing, and computer graphics and visualization; computer modeling and simulation; and high-end computing and networking. Under his leadership, Glenn served as the NASA lead for developing agency-wide standards and architecture for desktop systems and servers, with a focus on security, interoperability and collaboration. Dr. Pillay also served on the center's Strategic Management Council and the Operations Management Council.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a Master's degree in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Pillay is the recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and the Outstanding Leadership Medal. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award recognizing him as a meritorious executive in the U.S. Federal Government. He has written approximately 20 papers on pattern recognition and medical diagnostic systems.
Humphries Named CIO At Glenn
William R. (Randy) Humphries, Jr. has been named the Chief Information Officer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
He is responsible for advocating, managing, and implementing information technology investments and infrastructure at Glenn. Mr. Humphries has a broad scope of responsibility, including managing administrative telecommunications, desktop computing, and computer graphics and visualization; computer modeling and simulation; and high-end computing and networking. He also serves on the center's Strategic Management Council and the Operations Management Council.
Prior to this appointment, Humphries served as Deputy Director for Glenn's Space Flight Systems since 2006. In this position, he was responsible for center-level planning, organizing, and directing of activities required to accomplish the directorate's responsibility to manage, conceptualize, develop, and integrate flight and ground systems in support of NASA's exploration and science objectives. Before coming to Glenn, Humphries served as manager, Exploration and Space Operations at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).
Humphries joined NASA in 1991 working instrumentation on the Space Station Freedom program. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including lead instrumentation engineer for the space shuttle main engine at MSFC, subsystem manager for the solid rocket booster project at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, manager for space shuttle propulsion upgrades and deputy director of the Program Development Directorate at NASA Stennis Space Center.
During his career, Humphries has demonstrated exceptional skills in leading people, forming internal and external collaborations, and using keen business insight. Key among his accomplishments is successfully managing the implementation of the $3 billion Space Shuttle Safety Upgrade Program, leading the on-schedule launch of the $700 million Agency Pluto mission, and assembling a new organization at Marshall to support ISS and space exploration.
Humphries received his bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1982.
Humphries' awards include NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal and the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award.
Freudinger Named CIO at Dryden
Lawrence C. Freudinger has assumed the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Dryden Flight Research Center. Freudinger's prior position at Dryden in the Mission Information and Test Systems Directorate focused on advanced test technology development and network access to globally deployed airborne instrument payloads. In that role, he led a team pioneering highly specialized IT systems that changed the way NASA's airborne science program delivered services to its customers.
In addition to being the CIO, Mr. Freudinger also serves as Chief Technology Officer (CTO)-IT and supervises the Mission Information Branch at Dryden.
Mr. Freudinger began his NASA career in 1986 supporting research and testing in aeronautics. He has a bachelor of science degree in astronautical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a co-inventor of patented open-source middleware designed for network-distributed testing and was the Technical Program Chairman for the 2003 International Telemetering Conference. He was a member of the 2009 Cyberinfrastructure Task Force contributing to planning efforts for an Aeronautics Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) national infrastructure. He authored or co-authored more than 30 publications and is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal.