Keynote 2

Speaker: Jill Marlowe (Digital Transformation Officer, NASA)

Jill Marlowe is the NASA’s first Digital Transformation Officer, leading the Agency to conceive, architect, and accelerate enterprise digital solutions that transform NASA’s work, workforce and workplace to achieve bolder missions faster and more affordably than ever before. Her responsibilities include refinement and integration of NASA’s digital transformation strategy, plans and policies and coordination of implementation activities across the NASA enterprise in six strategic thrusts: data, collaboration, modeling, artificial intelligence/machine learning, process transformation, and culture and workforce.

Prior to this role, Ms. Marlowe was the Associate Center Director, Technical, at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Ms. Marlowe led strategy and transformation of the center’s technical capabilities to assure NASA’s future mission success. In this role, she focused on accelerating Langley’s internal and external collaborations as well as the infusion of digital technologies critical for the center to thrive as a modern federal laboratory in an ever more digitally-enabled, hyper-connected, fast-paced, and globally-competitive world.

In 2008, Ms. Marlowe was selected to the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy Director for Engineering at NASA Langley, and went on to serve as the center’s Engineering Director and Research Director. With the increasing responsibility and scope of these roles, Ms. Marlowe has a broad range of leadership experiences that include: running large organizations of 500 – 1,000 people to deliver solutions to every one of NASA’s mission directorates; sustaining and morphing a diverse portfolio of technical capabilities spanning aerosciences, structures & materials, intelligent flight systems, space flight instruments, and entry descent & landing systems; assuring safe operation of over two-million square feet of laboratories and major facilities; architecting partnerships with universities, industry and other government agencies to leverage and advance NASA’s goals; project management of technology development and flight test experiments; and throughout all of this, incentivizing innovation in very different organizational cultures spanning foundational research, technology invention, flight design and development engineering, and operations. She began her NASA career in 1990 as a structural analyst supporting the development of numerous space flight instruments to characterize Earth’s atmosphere.

Ms. Marlowe’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1988, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1990, and a Degree of Engineer in Civil and Environmental Engineering at George Washington University in 1997. She serves on advisory boards for Virginia Tech’s Aerospace & Ocean Engineering Department, Sandia National Laboratory’s Engineering Sciences Research Foundation, and Cox Communications’ Digitally Inclusive Communities (regional). She is the recipient of two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, was named the 2017 NASA Champion of Innovation, is an AIAA Associate Fellow, and was inducted in 2021 into the Virginia Tech Academy of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering Excellence. She lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her husband, Kevin, along with the youngest of their three children and two energetic labradoodles.
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