Dr. Ramona Pelletier Travis | NASA/SSC Chief Technologist


Dr. Travis has served as the NASA/SSC Chief Technologist since 2010. In this capacity, she is part of NASA Stennis Space Center’s senior management team and advises them on technology matters and serves as the center point of contact interfacing with and managing center programs for the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Mission Directorate. She also serves on the NASA Chief Technologists Council (CTC) where one of her roles is as the CTC Coordinator for the NASA STTR Program for Subtopic development, Proposal ranking and other related STTR strategy considerations and program initiatives. Additionally, she serves on the agency’s Inventions and Contribution Board (ICB) and Scientific and Technical Information Board assessing and advising on policies, practices, dissemination and awards for the agency’s cutting edge research and technology advancements.

Prior roles in NASA for Dr. Travis have involved: being an environmental remote sensing research scientist and technologist conducting research largely focused on Earth science, including being the NASA Director for the multi-federal agency Gulf of Mexico Program; Stennis Space Center (SSC) University Affairs Officer overseeing R&D projects and University level education activities for the center; and Intellectual Property Manager and Technology Transfer Manager working with innovative technology development and transfer between NASA and other government agencies, academia and the private sector.

Externally, Dr. Travis has served as the NASA/SSC representative to the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) made up of greater than 300 Federal and National Research Labs across the country. She also held leadership roles within the FLC at the national board level for policy development and implementation and as the Regional Coordinator for the 40+ labs across the SE region of the country. She has also served as an Adjunct professor at three universities including the graduate faculty of Louisiana State Univ. She received BS and MS degrees from Auburn Univ., and the PhD from LSU.

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