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People of Goddard

Get to know your friendly neighborhood space flight center and the people that make up the largest community of scientists, engineers, and technologists on planet.

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Featured Profiles

Conversations With Goddard is a collection of Q-and-A profiles that highlight the breadth and depth of the talented and diverse workforce of all campuses of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The Conversations have been published twice a month on average since May 2011.

meet the Goddard Leadership

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Goddard Center Director

Cynthia Simmons sits at a table with her hands clasped in front of her. She wears a red blazer with a black shirt underneath.

Goddard Deputy Center Director 

Christyl Johnson with long, flowing black hair. She is wearing a black blazer with a white shirt underneath. The background is blue with an American flag over her right shoulder.

Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments

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Associate Center Director

Dave Pierce, a white man with white hair, wears a pair of black-rimmed glasses, a dark-colored blazer with a light blue shirt and yellow tie. Behind him is the American flag against a blue background.

Wallops Flight Facility Director

Latest People of Goddard

Kan Yang: Translating Science Ideas into Engineering Concepts
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As team lead of the Instrument Design Laboratory, Kan Yang turns science concepts into engineering reality. Name: Kan YangTitle: Team…

Ken Carpenter: Ensuring Top-Tier Science from Moon to Stars
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Today, Ken Carpenter is a scientist for NASA’s Hubble and Roman space telescopes, but in 1967 he was just a…

Kiyun Kim: From Intern to Accessibility Advocate
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Kiyun Kim began at Goddard as a summer intern. Impressed by the center’s community bonds, Kim is now co-chair of…

Kate A. McGinnis: Ready to “Go” with PACE Testing
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PACE Systems Engineer Kate A. McGinnis spent years planning the vibration, acoustic, and shock tests for the PACE spacecraft before…

Shawnta M. Ball Turns Obstacles into Opportunities in Goddard’s Education Office
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When it comes to transforming obstacles into opportunities, it’s all about a “grow where you’re planted” mentality, says Shawnta M.…

Veronica T. Pinnick Put NASA’s PACE Mission through Its Paces
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To achieve the impossible, Veronica T. Pinnick, who put NASA’s PACE mission through its prelaunch paces, says you need to…

Casey Honniball: Finding Her Space in Lunar Science
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Lunar scientist Casey Honniball conducts lunar observations and field work near volcanoes to investigate how astronauts could use instruments during…

Expedition 69 Astronauts Tour NASA Goddard, Speak With Employees
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A trio of astronauts visited with employees at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, on March 18, 2024,…

Jennifer Krottinger: Designing Ways to Serve
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At NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, Jennifer Krottinger pairs her artistic vision with a passion…