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Jones, Felicia

Jones, Felicia

Maryland Applied Graduate Engineering
The Institute for Systems Research

Dr. Felicia Jones serves as the Director of Engineering at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). She leads one of the largest engineering organizations at NASA with over 1,200 civil servant engineers and 2,000 support service contractors supporting over $5B of NASA Earth and space science, human exploration and operations, space technology development, and other government agency reimbursable space flight programs. Dr. Jones has over 31 years of experience at NASA and is highly skilled in leading a multi-disciplined, highly technical organization charged with implementing the Nation’s space flight missions through all phases of the system life cycle associated with the design, development, integration, test, launch, and mission operations for the largest Earth and space science research organization in the world.

Dr. Jones served as a Program Advisor at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NOAA-NESDIS) working on the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Risk Reduction Program. She was the Deputy Director of the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA leading a broad program in astronomy to discover the origin, structure, and evolution of the universe and to search for earth-like planets. 

Dr. Jones was the Associate Chief of the Instrument Systems and Technology Division and Head of the Instrument Systems Branch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, leading the development of systems engineering processes and directing the overall technical implementation of Earth and space science instrument projects, through the entire life cycle (from advanced concepts to implementation, integration, test, and launch-including ground system and science processing development) satisfying technical, schedule, and cost requirements.

Dr. Jones was an Instrument Project Manager for the still operational Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) instrument on the Spitzer Space Telescope, one of NASA’s Great Observatories. The space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral. Since the Spitzer Space Telescope began operations, it has discovered a giant ring around Saturn and uncovered some of the most distant galaxies in the universe.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Jones has been the recipient of the NASA Medal for Exceptional Service Medal, three NASA Honor Awards, and six Senior Executive Service Awards.

Systems engineering; systems engineering management; system development, verification, and validation; and project management within the context of systems engineering