Therese Griebel | Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), NASA


Therese Griebel began serving as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs within the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) at NASA Headquarters in June 2017. In this capacity, she provides executive leadership and management of the technology programs within STMD, with an annual investment value of approximately $600 million. She is responsible for budget planning and allocation of resources, and serves as the final decisional authority for project content, ensuring that technology investments align with the NASA Strategic Plan and Roadmaps.

Prior to this role, Griebel served as the Associate Director for Strategy at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In this position, she reported 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.

Griebel began her career at Glenn in 1991. Since then, she has managed multiple spaceflight elements and space science technologies for the agency. In 2002, she established and managed the technology program for advanced radioisotope power conversion technologies at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. From 2003 to 2005, Griebel was the Technology Manager and Deputy Spacecraft Manager for the Prometheus Project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Prometheus was envisioned to be the first nuclear electric propulsion deep space mission for NASA. In 2007, she was detailed to Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona, where she was a capture manager for defense satellite systems, providing solutions for improving space situational awareness for the nation.

From 2007 through 2010, Griebel was the Chief of Glenn’s Manufacturing Division, where she oversaw all Glenn manufacturing functions supporting the Exploration, Aeronautics, Space Science, and Space Operations Directorates. Under her leadership, the Manufacturing Division fabricated, instrumented and assembled the Upper Stage Simulator for Ares I-X, launched in October 2009 as the first test flight for the Ares I vehicle. Subsequently, she served three years as the Chief of the Avionics and Electrical Systems Division at Glenn, where she was responsible for the development of power, communications, software, and avionics systems for space flight applications on multiple development and flight projects including the Space Communications and Networks (SCaN) payload, which performed the first flight demonstration of software defined radios and is currently in operation on the International Space Station. Subsequently, she served two years as the Director of Aeronautics at Glenn. In this position she oversaw all project management for aeronautics research and development at the Center and provided leadership and strategic planning in support of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

A native of northeast Ohio, Griebel is the recipient of several NASA Awards, including the Outstanding Leadership Medal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University in Cleveland.

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