Dr. Ramona Travis, Center Chief Technologist, Stennis Space Center
Dr. Ramona Pelletier Travis is the Chief Technologist for the NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC). In this capacity, she is part of the center’s senior management and advises them on technology issues and leveraging and serves as a center point of contact for the NASA Office of Chief Technologist and Mission Directorates. She coordinates internal and external strategies and communications of technology needs, capabilities and accomplishments; manages intellectual property assets and technology transfer; and facilitates innovative technology partnerships between the center and other centers, academia, governmental agencies, and the private sector. Ramona was trained as an environmental scientist and field technologist with the BS and MS degrees from Auburn Univ. and the Ph.D. from Louisiana State Univ. She has conducted field work and remote sensing missions collaborating with technologists in designing and adapting equipment for use on vehicles from fixed wing aircraft to choppers to airboats to pirogues in challenging environmental conditions ranging from the Arctic to the tropics, from deserts to rain forests, and from volcanoes to coastal swamps. Ramona has additional graduate level education in remote sensing, economics and business management and has served as an adjunct member on the graduate faculty of three universities. Prior to being selected as the SSC Chief Technologist, she served as the university affairs officer administering university research and technology projects conducted for the center, and as the center’s technology transfer officer managing intellectual property assets and collaborative NASA/university/private sector technology project partnerships. She is the NASA/SSC rep. to the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) and serves as the deputy coordinator for all of the federal labs in the southeastern US region. Ramona is married, has two grown children and is an amateur herbalist.