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Dr. Howard Ross, Associate Director for Strategy

[image-62]Dr. Howard D. Ross is the Associate Director for Strategy at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.  In this position, he reports directly to the Center Director while leading all aspects of strategy development and planning at the Center, specifically seeking to increase the health, relevancy, and sustainability of the Center.  Prior to accepting this appointment in 2014, he served as Glenn’s Chief Technologist and the Director of the Office of Technology Partnerships and Planning (OTPP).

Much of Dr. Ross’ career at NASA was as a Principal Investigator and Project Scientist on many microgravity experiments performed on sounding rockets, the space shuttle, the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station.  This experience led him in 2003 to be asked to serve as the Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Biological and Physical Research at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  In this Senior Executive Service position, he helped select and manage the many spaceflight experiments from across the nation that have now flown on shuttle and station.  While there, he also became part of an office staff directly under the NASA Administrator, and led Agency-wide teams to solve a wide variety of issues related to NASA’s workforce skills and the Agency’s project portfolio. 

Dr. Ross returned to NASA Glenn in 2008 as an Associate Center Director for Planning and Evaluation, until his assignment as the Chief Technologist and Director of OTPP in 2010.

Dr. Ross began his NASA career in 1985 as a research engineer at Lewis Research Center (now the Glenn Research Center).  In 1990, he served as the Chief of the Microgravity Combustion Branch, performing and administering research and technology development on the chemistry and physics of fires.  In 2001, he was promoted to the Senior Technologist corps and had responsibilities for conducting research and leading technical and programmatic planning in fluid physics and combustion science.

Before joining NASA, he worked the first 10 years of his career at the National Bureau of Standards (now National Institute of Standards and Technology) and the U.S. Department of Energy as an energy researcher and manager.

He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.  He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Maryland.  He is the invited author and editor of Fire in Free Fall: Microgravity Combustion Science, published in 2001.  He has also been a part-time lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, teaching a course in fluid and thermal sciences in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department.

Dr. Ross is the recipient of numerous NASA awards, including: the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service; Outstanding Leadership Medal; Exceptional Achievement Award; Exceptional Service Medal; and the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award, which was presented by the Astronaut Corps.  He has also received agency-wide group award for shuttle mission support and strategic planning, as well as center-level awards for individual achievement.


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