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Project Information

Project Information

Continuous Improvement of NASA’s Innovation Ecosystem - A Workshop and Meetings of Experts

Project Scope:

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will appoint a committee to organize a workshop on the topic of "Identification of Pilot Projects to Address Innovation Barriers and Related Assessment Criteria and Metrics.” A workshop proceedings will document the workshop, including summaries of individual presentations and ensuing discussions. The proceedings will not present consensus conclusions or recommendations.
In preparation for the appointment of the organizing committee and the holding of the workshop, the National Academies will organize two meetings of experts to conduct a dialogue between NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), NASA’s Enterprise Strategy for Innovation Team, and invited experts from the government, industry, university and non-profit sectors. The topics of the meetings of experts shall be “barriers to innovation and how to address them within NASA’s Innovation Ecosystem” and “criteria for assessing NASA’s Innovation Ecosystem.”  The goal of the meetings of experts will be to help inform OCT so NASA can refine the set of topics the agency wants the National Academies workshop to address and help identify the types and background of speakers, panelists, and experts that would be invited to the workshop by the Academies-appointed workshop organizing committee.  The experts are expected to be acting in their personal capacities. No Academies-endorsed product will be produced from these meetings of experts.

Status: Current


RSO: Graham, Sandra

Committee Membership

Mr. Daniel L. Dumbacher - (Chair)
DANIEL L. DUMBACHER is executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Formerly, he was a professor of engineering practice in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. At Purdue, Mr. Dumbacher specialized in program and project management, complex, state-of-the-art systems engineering, and propulsion and power systems engineering. He was instrumental in the development of the Purdue Systems Collaboratory, an effort to integrate better the engineering disciplines with business, political science, communications, and philosophy. Prior to Purdue, Mr. Dumbacher served as deputy associate administrator in the Exploration Systems Development Division, for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. Mr. Dumbacher earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering at Purdue University and an M.B.A. in business administration from the University of Alabama, Huntsville. He has served on the Academies’ Committee on A Midterm Assessment of Implementation of the Decadal Survey on Life and Physical Sciences Research at NASA as a co-chair.



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