Torry A Johnson

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Torry A Johnson

  • Assistant Deputy Director for Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics , Earth Sciences Division
  • 301.614.5683 | 301.614.5666
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.9
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

         I have worked at Goddard Space Flight Center since 2003.  Currently I serve as the Assistant Deputy Director for Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences within the Earth Sciences Division.  In this role, I oversee the fiscal and operational matters of our organization.  In addition, I function as the Agency's Activity Manager for the Tribal College and University Project. This project intersects with the Office of Education and seeks to provide opportunities to engage American Indian and Alaskan Native students / faculty in STEM endeavors - building upon NASA's unique assets.
     
         A special area of interest for me is that of Public Outreach and Engagement.  I have worked with projects such as Know Your Earth – nationwide, multi-mission education & public outreach effort that seeks to expose the public to Earth Science via mass media (billboard campaigns and movie theater PSAs) and Adopt a Pixel, a “citizen-science” effort aimed at getting the public involved in the collection of land cover images.  I also like to serve as a science fair judge and mentor high school and undergraduate students.

         Currently, I serve as an advisor for the current NSF funded Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training (iGETT), which helps two-year colleges meet the growing workforce need for geospatial skills.


    Current Projects

    NASA Tribal College & University Project (TCUP)

    Background:
    NASA’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Project (TCUP) is an activity element within the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). MUREP enhances the research, academic, and technology capabilities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) , Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Multiyear grants awarded to MSIs assist faculty and students in research pertinent to NASA missions.

    Project Summary:
    TCUP is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational grant and mentoring program that specifically targets TCUs as well as supporting American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students. The overall goal of the project is to expand opportunities for the nation’s STEM workforce through capacity building, infrastructure development, research and engineering experience, outreach, and information exchange.

    Goals:
    NASA’s goals for TCUs are to enhance their technical expertise; increase the participation of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines; and to provide opportunities to participate in NASA-related education and research projects. The NASA TCUP is guided by Executive Order 13592: “Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities.” NASA is highly committed to ensuring the broadest participation of TCUs in the Agency’s research and education programs as well as its overall mission.

    Brief Bio

         I have worked at Goddard Space Flight Center since 2003.  Currently I serve as the Assistant Deputy Director for Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences within the Earth Sciences Division.  In this role, I oversee the fiscal and operational matters of our organization.  In addition, I function as the Agency's Activity Manager for the Tribal College and University Project. This project intersects with the Office of Education and seeks to provide opportunities to engage American Indian and Alaskan Native students / faculty in STEM endeavors - building upon NASA's unique assets.
     
         A special area of interest for me is that of Public Outreach and Engagement.  I have worked with projects such as Know Your Earth – nationwide, multi-mission education & public outreach effort that seeks to expose the public to Earth Science via mass media (billboard campaigns and movie theater PSAs) and Adopt a Pixel, a “citizen-science” effort aimed at getting the public involved in the collection of land cover images.  I also like to serve as a science fair judge and mentor high school and undergraduate students.

         Currently, I serve as an advisor for the current NSF funded Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training (iGETT), which helps two-year colleges meet the growing workforce need for geospatial skills.


                                                                                                                                                                                            
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