Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Cynthia L Starr



Org Code: 606.4

Mail Code: 606.4
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Cindy Starr is a data visualizer in NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She focuses on creating cinematic scientific visualizations to promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space science. She works with a team of advanced visualizers, scientists, producers and writers to create accurate representations of scientific data derived from satellites and computer models. Her visualizations have been an integral part of scientific presentations, news broadcasts, museum exhibits, classroom instruction, and science documentaries. Cindy's work supports the scientific community at NASA by providing an accurate representation of scientific findings in a way that the intended audience can understand.


PhD Program (incomplete), George Washington University, Computer Science 1990-1991
MSc, University of British Columbia, Computer Science 1988
BS, University of Kentucky, Accounting 1975


Senior Software Engineer

Global Science & Technology - Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard

2002 - Present

Worked cooperatively with a team of advanced visualizers, scientists, producers and writers to design and develop data-based scientific visualizations. Consulted with the clients to define objectives and suitable treatments of the data, insuring the correctness and accuracy of the visualizations produced.

Senior Software Engineer

Global Science & Technology - Data Systems Technology Branch, NASA Goddard

1997 - 2002

Assisted with the design and implementation of the Spacecraft Emergency Response System for the Virtual Missions Operations Project.

Senior Scientist

Hughes STX Corporation - Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard

2019 - 1997

Created visualizations to support the NASA scientific community.  Also developed the Stereoscopic Field Analyzer, a system for interactive display of 3D volumetric data.

Senior Programmer/Analyst

Sterling Software, Inc. - NASA Center for Computational Sciences, NASA Goddard

1991 - 1993

Provided software support for the Flow Analysis Software Toolkit, a graphical data analysis toolkit developed at NASA Ames by Sterling Software.

Senior Programmer/Analyst

ST Systems corporation / Science Applications Research - NASA Center for Computational Science, NASA Goddard

1988 - 1990

Provided computer graphics support for UNIX-based scientific workstations.