For day 6 of our Women’s History Month celebration, we recognize: Dr. Christyl Johnson!
Dr. Christyl Johnson is NASA Goddard’s Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments. A graduate of Lincoln University, Johnson came to Goddard in 2010 from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she served as the executive director of the National Science and Technology Council. As the executive director, Johnson served under the president’s science adviser and helped in coordinating science and technology policy and ensuring the establishment of national goals for the government’s science and technology investments. Prior to her position as executive director, Johnson served in NASA’s Office of the Administrator as the assistant associate administrator, where she provided oversight for NASA’s mission areas and field center operations. Johnson, who earned her master’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. in systems engineering from George Washington University, came to Goddard as the deputy center director for science and technology before assuming the role of deputy director. As deputy director, Johnson is responsible for overseeing the center’s research, formulating technology goals, and managing how such goals would be met.