JoAnn Hardin Morgan

JoAnn Hardin Morgan is an American aerospace engineer who was a trailblazer in the United States space flight program as the first female engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) John F. Kennedy Space Center and the first woman to serve as a senior executive at Kennedy Space Center. For her work at NASA, Morgan was honored by U.S. President Bill Clinton as a Meritorious Executive in 1995 and 1998. Prior to her retirement in 2003, she held various leadership positions over 40 years in the manned space flight programs at NASA. Morgan served as the director of the External Relations and Business Development during her final years at the space center.

Lester Morales, MD

NASA Pathways, Educator

NASA-Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Lester Morales, MD is currently a NASA Pathway at NASA Kennedy Space Center. Dr. Morales was a school science teacher at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Miami Dade County Public School System (MDCPS). His industry career was in the medical field as a Medical Doctor. Morales began his NASA career under the National program NASA INSPIRE, where he served as mentor to high school summer interns at NASA Langley in Virginia in 2008. Morales was offered an Education Specialist position in January of 2009. For ten years, he served the NASA Kennedy Region, which covers Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands providing NASA STEM Education support as needed.

 

Dionne Jackson

Chief, Analytical Laboratories

NASA-Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Ms. Dionne Jackson is the Chief of the Analytical Laboratories in the KSC Engineering, branch at NASA, Kennedy Space Center. The CAL provides support in the investigation of unknown materials (solid, liquid, or gas) and chemical technology development. This support includes performing in-depth chemical analysis of contamination and development of new organic materials. Dionne has been a government employee for almost 22 years.

Dionne began her career with NASA/KSC in 1986 as a Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program student. Upon graduating from high school in 1987, she enrolled at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia as a WISE scholar (Women in Science and Engineering) where she majored in Chemistry. Beginning in 1988, Dionne completed three summer internships with NASA/KSC and in 1991 became a permanent NASA employee. In 1994, Dionne earned a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida.

Dionne is a native Floridian and she currently resides in Daytona Beach, Florida with her husband Brian and their twin boys, Jared and Javan.

 

Priscilla Moore

Lead, College Projects

NASA Internship and Fellowships

Academic Engagement Office

Priscilla Moore serves as the Lead, for the College Projects Team in the Academic Engagement Office at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, (KSC) Florida. Ensuring NASA Internships are award to eligible students in order to support educational opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators. These opportunities serve students by integrating interns with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related tasks, while contributing to the operation of a NASA facility or the advancement of NASA's missions.

Priscilla completed her degree requirements for Logistics Management and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Warner University in Lake Wales Florida.

Priscilla resides in Palm Bay, Florida. She enjoys reading, sewing and traveling

 

Kurt Leucht

NASA Software Developer and Lead Engineer

Kurt started his NASA career as a “co-op student” while in college in 1991. The NASA Co-op program is now called the NASA Pathways Intern program. NASA Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, hired Kurt after graduating from Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly the University of Missouri – Rolla) in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Kurt later received a Master’s Degree in Space Systems from Florida Tech.

Throughout his career, Kurt has worked in various branches and offices within NASA-Kennedy Space Center Engineering organization. In addition, he has supported numerous NASA programs and projects over that time. However, most of his career has been spent designing, developing, and testing software.

Kurt is now a Lead Engineer in the Software Branch within the Exploration Systems & Operations Division. In this capacity, he helps teams of software developers stay on track and meet their milestones. Kurt also regularly hires and mentors interns for the Engineering organization at Kennedy Space Center.

Over the past 4 years, Kurt has been the subject matter expert for NASA Swarmathon collegiate competition. That competition has engaged hundreds of students from Minority Serving Institutions all across the country to develop cooperative robotic algorithms that could someday revolutionize space exploration.

 

Stephen Aument

Engineering

Software Division

NASA | Kennedy Space Center

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida in 2013, Stephen Aument landed his first engineering job working for Harris Corporation as a contractor for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While at Harris, Stephen helped develop the Voice Over Internet Protocol communication system for the FAA and other international customers.

In 2015, Stephen joined the NASA family where he has since developed safety and mission critical software to support the next generation launch control system. This software will be utilized to command, control and monitor the new, state-of-the-art launch control system during future missions to Mars.

One of Stephen’s many hobbies include building autonomous robots, and he serves as lead software engineer for the Kennedy Space Center’s FIRST Robotics competition team. In this capacity, Stephen has mentored college interns and high school students who are looking to gain insight into how NASA solves difficult and challenging robotics problems.