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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

Rebekah Hounsell: Tracking Cosmic Light to Untangle the Universe’s Darkest Mysteries
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Rebekah Hounsell is an assistant research scientist working on ways to optimize and build infrastructure for future observations made by…

Bente Eegholm: Ensuring Space Telescopes Have Stellar Vision
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Bente Eegholm is an optical engineer working to ensure missions like the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope have stellar vision.…

Jake Cupani: Increasing Visibility in Data Science
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Jake Cupani, a data science specialist, focuses on the intersection between data visualization and user experience — UX — design.…

NASA Webb, Hubble Scientist Marcia Rieke Awarded Gruber Cosmology Prize
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Marcia Rieke, a scientist who worked on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope, has received the Gruber…

NASA Interns Blast Off for Their First Week at Goddard 
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Several hundred new faces walked through the gates of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the first…

Ted Michalek: Engineering from Apollo to Artemis
12 min read

From the first lunar footsteps of Apollo to the threshold of humanity’s return aboard the Artemis missions, Ted Michalek has…

Kan Yang: Translating Science Ideas into Engineering Concepts
10 min read

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
6 min read

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