Meet the Team

LaRCThe My NASA Data is found within the Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). It is comprised of nearly 200 facilities 764 acres in Hampton, Virginia, and employs about 3,400 civil servants and contractors. Langley works to make revolutionary improvements to aviation, expand understanding of Earth’s atmosphere, and develop technology for space exploration.

 GPS Coordinates: 37.0862° N, 76.3809° W

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Jessica E. Taylor

Project Director, NASA 

Jessica Taylor is a Physical Scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center.  She serves as the Lead Trainer for the GLOBE Atmosphere Training Center of Public Outreach Lead for the CALIPSO mission. Jessica serves as a Langley's representative on the NASA's Early Career Scientist & Engineer Working Group and NASA's Women in STEM Working Group. 

Tina Harte

Tina Harte

Task Lead, SSAI 

Tina Harte received her B.S in Human Learning K8 and her M.S in Secondary Science Education with an emphasis in Earth and Space Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Currently, she is Team Lead for the Education Outreach Team of NASA Langley Science Directorate as a contractor with SSAI(Science Systems Applications, INC.).

Elizabeth Joyner

Elizabeth R. Joyner

Senior Education Specialist, SSAI

Elizabeth Joyner joined the Science Directorate Education Team in 2017 to work with the My NASA Data program as an education specialist. As a highly qualified teacher, Elizabeth taught for over 10 years in both public and private school, as well as worked in informal settings such as Virginia Space Grant Consortium, SC Space Grant, SC Sea Grant Consortium, NOAA/NSF's Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, and the American Geosciences Institute.  Elizabeth received bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Geology and Religious Studies, as well as earned a M.A.T. in Elementary and Middle School Science, and a M.Ed. in Science and Mathematics.

Penny Oots

Penny Oots

Software Engineer, SSAI 

Penny has over 30 years experience in system analysis and integration, database design, database administration and programming. Penny started working with the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EODIS) Core System(ECS) at the Atmospheric Science Data Center(ASDC), NASA Langley Research Center in November 2000 and My NASA Data in May 2004. 

Brad Heygi

Dr. Brad Heygi

Earth System Data Advisor, SSAI 

Brad Hegyi is a research scientist serving as a data advisor for My NASA Data. Before Joining the My NASA data team in 2018, Brad received his doctorate in large-scale atmospheric dynamics at Georgia Tech in 2015, and afterward conducted Arctic climate research at NASA's Langley Research Center, as part of the NASA Postdoctoral program.

Ashwinraj Ravindran

Ashwin Ravindran

Software Engineer, SSAI 

Ashwin has over 4 years experience in systems analysis integration, database administration, and application development. Ashwin started working with the My NASA data team in 2017 and has taken over as the technical lead. Before My NASA Data Ashwin worked with the GLOBE team on the GLOBE observer app, and GLOBE Data Entry System. 

Angela Rizzi

Angela Rizzi

Associate Outreach Coordinator, SSAI

Angela Rizzi joined the My NASA Data team in 2018. She is a highly qualified teacher with certification in Middle School Math and Science and High School Earth Science. She taught for over 11 years and is a seasoned GLOBE teacher. She also has over 10 years of experience as an IT consultant which she leveraged to effectively utilize technology in her classroom.

Desiray Wilson

Desiray Wilson

Associate Scientific Programmer, SSAI

Desiray joined the My NASA Data team in 2019 and serves as an Associate Scientific Programmer. She obtained her B.S. in Geology and Geospatial Technology in 2019 from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Desiray worked with My NASA Data as an intern through NASA’s Internship Program.

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Stella Hsin

Software Engineer, SSAI                          

Stella is a front-end focused developer specializing in JavaScript, Angular, Node, and React. Stella joined My NASA Data team in 2020 and is also currently working with the GLOBE team on the GLOBE observer app. Before joining the team, Stella graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley.


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