Sandra E. Smalley, Joint Agency Satellite Director


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In 2015, Ms. Sandra E. Smalley was appointed the Director of the Joint Agency Satellite Division (JASD) in the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters. She is responsible for managing reimbursable satellite, instrument and ground system development activities performed by NASA for partner agencies. The division’s portfolio includes the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R Series (GOES-R), the JASON-3 mission, the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission, the MetOp project, and the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC-2B) project. From 2014 - 2015, Ms. Smalley served as the Deputy Director for the Heliophysics Division in SMD, whereby she provided executive leadership, strategic direction, and executive management for a portfolio of 24 projects in formulation, development and operations. Prior to joining SMD, she served from 2008 – 2014 as the NASA Director for Engineering, Program and project management, in the Office of the Chief Engineer, during which she established, revised and implemented NASA’s acquisition, engineering, and program/project management policy and requirements for NASA’s Human Space Flight, Robotics, Aeronautics, Information Technology (IT), Institutional and Infrastructure, and Research and Technology portfolios. Ms. Smalley co-authored several program and project management standards and practice guides for international standards organizations, including the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Early in her career, Ms. Smalley served as the Program Manager for the US Navy’s Expert Systems Program and was responsible for implementing the first information technology system in the Hull, Mechanical and Electrical Systems Division at the Naval Sea Support Center Atlantic. Since joining NASA in 1992, Ms. Smalley has served in roles throughout the project life cycle including program manager, project manager, systems engineer, business manager, and science manager on various spaceflight, information technology, and research and technology including: the Integrated Enterprise Management Program, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III, the Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiment, the Space Technology 5 project, the Pathfinder Instruments for Clouds and Aerosol Spaceborne Observations (PICASSO) proposal development team, and the Gas and Aerosol Monitoring Sensorcraft (GAMS) technology development initiative.

She earned her Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the College of Charleston.