Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT)

The Chief Technologist for NASA serves as the Administrator’s chief advisor and advocates on agency-wide technology programs and policies. The Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) directly manages all of NASA’s Space Technology programs, which are housed within the Space Technology Mission Directorate, as well as coordinates and tracks all technology investments across the agency. In addition, OCT serves as NASA’s technology point of entry and contact with other government agencies, academia, and the commercial aerospace community. OCT also develops and executes technology partnerships, technology transfer and commercial activities for NASA. OCT is led by the Chief Technologist, Deputy Chief Technologist, and Strategic Integration Lead. There are also Center Chief Technologists that represent nine out of the ten NASA field centers.[1]

Source: OCT Organization

OCT developed and released the 2017 NASA Strategic Technology Investment Plan, a document that guides the agency’s innovative technology investments in accomplishing space exploration, aeronautical advancement, and planetary and astronomical research goals.

Updated April 2018 by Rachel Werth

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