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About Ames CCT

The Ames Center Chief Technologist (CCT) serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning Center technology initiatives, and is responsible for coordinating and tracking technology investments across the Center. The CCT Office also serves as the Center’s technology point of entry and contact with the Agency’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), other NASA Centers, government agencies, academia and the commercial aerospace community. The Office is responsible for developing and executing innovative technology partnerships, technology transfer and commercial activities and the development of technology collaboration models for the Center. Select CCT overviews and presentations are provided below.

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Chief Technologist

Harry Partridge

Deputy Chief Technologist

Jill Bauman

Technical Lead of Advanced Manufacturing

Kenny C. Cheung


Ames Research Center

The CCT Office provides a technology and innovation focus for Ames through the following goals and responsibilities:

  • Serve as principal Center advisor on matters concerning technology and innovation initiatives.

  • Serve as principal up-and-out advocate for ARC technology initiatives by communicating and integrating with technology efforts at other NASA Centers, other Agencies, across academia, industry, and other research institutions.

  • Manage the solicitation, evaluation, review and award of the Center Innovation Fund (CIF).

  • Initiate, coordinate and integrate technology investments across the Center, including mission-focused technology development activities supporting the NASA Mission Directorates, which “pull” technology development based upon established Mission needs, and Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT ) initiatives that perform “push” technology development and demonstration.

  • Change culture at the Center towards one of creativity and innovation, particularly in regard to workforce development.

  • Document/demonstrate/communicate societal impact of the Center’s technology investments, by leading technology transfer and commercialization opportunities for the Center.

Harry Partridge

Harry PartridgeDr. Harry Partridge is the Ames Center Chief Technologist (CCT), and as such identifies, defines, develops and integrates new and emerging technologies for application to Agency and national goals through the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). Harry reports to Center management and serves as the principal advisor to the Center leadership on matters concerning Center-wide technology development and leverage. His duties include representation on the Agency-wide Center Chief Technologist’s Council and management of the Center Innovation Fund, and he also serves as Center point-of-contact to the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT).

In addition to his role as the CCT, Harry continues to serve as the Senior Technology Officer for the STP within OCT. In this role he serves as the chief technologist for the 10 programs within STP, and is a member of the OCT senior leadership team.

Previously, Harry was the Deputy Director of the Game Changing Technology Division at NASA Headquarters. While at Ames, he was the Deputy Director of the Entry Systems and Technology Division and was responsible for managing the entire range of entry system technology developments from foundational research on thermal protection materials development, to thermal protection system design, development, testing and evaluation for flight systems such as Mars Science Laboratory and Orion. In addition, he served as the Branch Chief of the Nanotechnology Branch at Ames and the program manager for the Bio-nano project within the Computing, Information and Communications Technology program. Harry received his PhD from Indiana University in Chemical Physics and has published approximately 190 papers in computational chemistry.

Jill Bauman

Jill BaumanDr. Jill J. Bauman earned a B.S. in Physics at the University of Florida while working in the Micro-Kelvin Laboratory, one of the premier low-temperature centers in the world. There she developed and tested radiation shielding materials and diffusion welding techniques for nuclear demagnetization refrigerators. She earned an M.S. degree in Physical Oceanography from the State University of New York (SUNY), Stony Brook, in the Marine Sciences Research Center. During this time, she held a Research Associate position at Brookhaven National Laboratory where she conducted her thesis to understand the correlation between oceanic phytoplankton biomass and global cloud albedo. Dr. Bauman earned a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres, SUNY. During this time she conducted her dissertation research in the Atmospheric Physics Branch at NASA Ames Research Center. During her residency at Ames she became interested in space flight mission implementation and attended the International Space University in Barcelona.

In 2000, Dr. Bauman accepted a civil service position at Ames in the Advanced Concepts Development Branch within the Projects Division. She spent the next several years managing project and instrument teams during concept development for space flight, and served as proposal and instrument manager and science co-investigator on numerous proposals. Through NASA’s Leadership Development Program, she was detailed to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to work in the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) Project Office. She helped lead and manage the development, integration and implementation of the JIMO Reentry Aeroshell Team. Dr. Bauman was also detailed to Kennedy Space Center as Mission Integration Manager for the Kepler mission. After returning to Ames, she became Branch Chief for Systems and Project Engineering and spent three years providing technical direction to an engineering staff of nearly 40 and managing the systems engineering resources and capabilities required to formulate and implement successful space flight projects.

Dr. Bauman then served for four years as the Associate Director of Science for Mission Concepts, the Directorate’s focal point for new mission opportunities and lead interface between the Science, Engineering, Space Projects and New Business Directorates for all new mission concept planning and development. In this capacity she was responsible for reviewing the technical, management and cost elements of projects; analyzing project risk; determining system and sub-system technical readiness; identifying the resources required to formulate advance mission concepts; and managing and providing technical direction to project teams. She currently serves as the Deputy Chief Technologist at NASA Ames, where she helped draft the Agency’s Technology Roadmaps. She reviews the Center’s new technologies to determine mission critical needs that may be filled by such technologies, initiates and reviews potential inter-Center and external collaborations for low TRL technology investments, and assesses the Center’s technology portfolio for strategic maturation planning.

Kenneth (Kenny) C. Cheung

Dr. Kenny C. Cheung serves as the technical lead on advanced materials and manufacturing. As a member of the Ames Center Chief Technologist (CCT) staff, he helps to identify, define, develop and integrate new and emerging technologies for application to Agency and national goals.

Kenny directs the Ames Research Center (ARC) Coded Structures Laboratory (CSL), which conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of design, control theory, material science, mechanical engineering, and aeronautical engineering. Current CSL work focuses on applying building-block based (digital) materials and algorithms to aeronautical and space applications. This includes shape morphing aircraft, under the Mission Adaptive Digital Composite Aerostructures Technologies (MADCAT) project (Co-Lead with Sean S. Swei) and large scale long duration space system infrastructure. Recent project successes include free flight testing of a span-wise twist morphing wing aircraft following wind tunnel experiments and sounding rocket flight testing of a modular reconfigurable small satellite system, also called OuroboroSat. Please see his current list of publications for more details.

Before joining NASA, Kenny received his Ph.D. from the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he showed that digital material strategies can be used to make new kinds of materials (strong and light weight), and new kinds of robots (like transformers). His M.S. work at the MIT Media Lab was on anonymized empirical models of human behavior using mobile devices, and prior work includes research on natural mechanical systems (plant biomechanics) and the science of the human environmental response (environmental psychology). Kenny has numerous papers and patents on topics ranging from high performance composite material manufacturing systems to synthetic protein folding algorithms, surgical devices, and indoor mobile device location systems. He’s particularly fond of applying rapid prototyping to test ideas that can change the status quo in design, based on physical first-principles analyses.

Kenny has also been a part of the fab lab network for many years; fab labs are a global grassroots community-driven technology education effort that is based on the notion that anyone, anywhere (regardless of prior education) has the ability to design and produce their own technological solutions. He has taught others to install and tune rapid prototyping equipment in labs on almost every continent, and given workshops on community wireless networking (internet across borders), rapid prototyping machines that make rapid prototyping machines, environmentally friendly fiber composite materials, and CNC boat, bicycle, and furniture design.