Lessons learnt from a career as NASA Chief Technologist

Chris Culbert joins us to discuss the lessons he has learnt from his career as NASA’s chief Technologist.

Mr. Culbert has spent more than 30 years developing technologies and systems for human spaceflight at the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He is currently the Chief Technologist for Johnson Space Center, responsible for coordinating center strategies for technology development and supporting agency wide activities for the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist.

During his career he has managed the development of advanced technologies in robotics, automation, avionics, and software for Space Shuttle, Space Station, and advanced human missions. As a division chief he has provided systems support for avionics, software, and other key systems for the International Space Station, Orion, and Commercial Crew.

He has also led the agency’s Human Spaceflight Architecture team, developing concepts for human missions to deep space and led the Lunar Surface Systems Program Office. He has led centerwide teams to develop core information technology solutions such as consolidated networks and e-mail systems. He started his career as a flight controller in the Mission Control Center where he supported navigation analysis for more than a dozen Space Shuttle missions.

Come and hear his fascinating insights from an exciting and diverse career.


Date & time

11am–12pm 18 Jul 2019


Room:E103 Engineering Lecture Theatre

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