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Aaron Garcia, NASA

Title: Science Directorate/OCIO IT Security

Technical Focus Areas: Climate Science, Lidar Science, Flight Projects, Applied Science, ASDC, Air Quality & Weather, Airborne Science, Mission Support, Computer Science, Planetary Science, Cybersecurity

Mission/Group/Project: Science Mission Directorate

Study Topics: IT Security, Configuration Management, Software Engineering, Data Management


Aaron Garcia is the OCIO ISSO for the Science Directorate at Langley Research Center. In this role, he consults cyber security matters in various flight projects and for the Atmospheric Science Data Center. Before joining the Science Directorate, he spent the previous decade working on Artemis, Space Launch System, at Kennedy Space Center having success in Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1), and Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1). Garcia started on the Test Operations and Support Contract as a software and integration engineer working with customers including hypergolic, cryogenics/propulsion, pneumatics, hardware, simulations and the many subsystems needed for launch. Upon receiving certification in Six-Sigma he lead an improvement process that doubled the output in Test Configuration Identifiers. He transitioned into verification/validation testing and then into an IT security role while performing system admin work for Firing Rooms 3, 2, and 1 in the Launch Control Center. He sat in on station and participated in launch rehearsals while also maintaining the agency’s continuous diagnostics and mitigation tool set for Artemis.

Notable Awards:

KSC Group Achievement Award
TOSC Directors Award