Dr. Karen St. Germain
Director, Earth Science Division
Dr. St. Germain is the Division Director of the Earth Science Division, in the Science Mission Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters. She provides executive leadership, strategic direction, and overall management for the entire agency’s Earth Science portfolio, from technology development, applied science, research, mission implementation and operation.
Dr. St. Germain came to NASA from the NOAA Satellite and Information Service, where she served most recently as the Deputy Assistant Administrator, Systems (DAAS). Prior to the DAAS role, Dr. St. Germain served as the Director of the Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning (OSAAP), leading NOAA’s enterprise-level architecture development to define NOAA future spaceborne capabilities. From 2011 to 2016, Dr. St. Germain served in the Space, Strategic and Intelligence Systems (SSI) Office, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OUSD AT&L), where she led the DoD 2014 Strategic Portfolio Review for Space.
Dr. St. Germain is a leader in enterprise-level planning and multi-organizational programs of national significance. She is also an expert in major systems acquisition, with particular proficiency in transitioning new technology into operational systems.
Dr. St. Germain had a successful research career at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Nebraska, and the Naval Research Laboratory. She has performed research aboard ice-breakers in the Arctic and Antarctic, flown through hurricanes and tropical storms on NOAA’s P-3 airplanes and measured glacial ice on a snowmobile traverse of the Greenland ice sheet.
Dr. St. Germain holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Union College (1987) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (1993). She is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, National Defense University where she earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy in 2013.
Cause and Effect of Climate Change; Part 1 of a 3-part Series
Originally aired: November 17, 2021
Women In Space: Future Space Architecture Derived from Women’s Ingenuity
Originally aired: June 9, 2021