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Dr. Ellen Ochoa
Government Executive

Dr. Ellen Ochoa is the Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, a position she has held since 2013. Prior thereto since 1990, Dr. Ochoa has served NASA as a manager, astronaut and engineer. Earlier in her career, she researched optical systems for performing information processing at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Ochoa holds a Master of Science Degree and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from San Diego State University. She serves on SCI’s Board of Directors in her personal capacity.


Dr. Ochoa has received numerous awards and honors, including the Harvard Foundation Science Award, Women in Aerospace Outstanding Award, the Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Humanity, the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, and San Diego State University Alumna of the Year. Dr. Ochoa is a member of the Optical Society of America, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch).