Dr. Ezinne Okoro, Ph.D. – Space Policy – Office of Science & Technology Policy at the White House
Advancing Space For Humanity – Dr. Ezinne Okoro, Ph.D. – Assistant Director for Space Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Dr. Ezinne Uzo-Okoro, Ph.D. is Assistant Director for Space Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy, at the White House (https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/) where she focuses on determining civil and commercial space priorities for the President’s science advisor, and her portfolio includes a wide range of disciplines including Orbital Debris, On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM), Earth Observations, Space Weather, and Planetary Protection.
In her previous role, Dr. Uzo-Okoro managed and built over 60 spacecraft programs and missions in 17 years with NASA. She held roles as an executive, manager, technical expert and engineer in Earth observations, planetary sciences, heliophysics and astrophysics. Her last position was as NASA Heliophysics Program Executive.
Dr. Uzo-Okoro holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at Rensselaer, three masters’ degrees in Space Systems (APL), Space Robotics (the Media Lab), Harvard University and Public Policy (from Johns Hopkins University), as well as a PhD from MIT in Space Systems on the robotic assembly satellites.
In her career, Dr. Uzo-Okoro founded Terraformers.com, a website that helps grow affordable food by creating productive backyard gardens and establishing a network. This is essentially preparing for the eventual goal of growing food in outer space. In President George W. Bush’s book, \”Out of Many, One\”, her immigration story is told.