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Harmony R. Myers

Director, NASA Safety Center

Harmony Myers is the director of the NASA Safety Center (NSC), located at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, and reports to the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this role, Myers aims to make the NSC the preeminent and sought-after resource for the advancement of agency Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) expertise and information. Specifically, she generates an environment of learning and information sharing; advances SMA expertise across the agency workforce; assures consistency, effectiveness, and quality in programs, products, and services; and enhances collaborations across the agency, industry, and other government agencies.

Prior to this role, Myers served as the director of the Technical Excellence Office at the NSC. She was responsible for planning, organizing and directing a full range of integrated services including SMA curriculum and course development, SMA engineering support for over 2,800 NASA civil service and support contract employees agencywide, and the SMA Technical Excellence Program — NASA’s university for safety. Before taking on this role, Myers also previously served as the System Safety Technical Discipline Team Lead at the NSC.

Myers began her career in 2000 at NASA Kennedy Space Center with United Space Alliance as a systems engineer for the electrical system on space shuttle solid rocket boosters. She transitioned to a reliability engineer in support of Return to Flight and became passionate about ensuring that the Space Shuttle Program returned to flight as safely and as quickly as possible.

As a reliability engineer, Myers supported human spaceflight safety for the contractor’s SMA organization. She moved to NASA SMA in 2005, overseeing the contractor for Space Shuttle Program safety as a safety engineer. She went on to serve as Safety Engineering Section chief, Safety Engineering and Assurance Branch chief for the Launch Vehicle Processing Division, and branch chief of the International Space Station and Spacecraft Payload Processing SMA Division. During her career at Kennedy, Myers supported the final 36 space shuttle missions and the Ares I-X development test flight.

Myers moved to NASA Headquarters in 2012 for a developmental detail as executive director of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) and was asked to stay in the position permanently when the detail ended. In that role, she advised the NASA administrator and senior management on ASAP issues, guiding and influencing decision-making within the agency.

Myers earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami. She has been recognized with numerous leadership awards, including the NASA Space Flight Awareness Leadership Award and the Society of Women Engineers Emerging Leader Award.