NASA has named Cornell University Professor Mason Peck its new chief technology officer, the agency announced this week.
As CTO, Peck will be NASA’s chief advisor and advocate for technology policy and programs, according to a news release. His office is responsible for coordinating, tracking and integrating NASA’s technology investments and communicating the impact of those investments on society.
Peck, who starts his new position in January, will replace former CTO Robert Braun. Braun resigned in September and has since resumed his teaching and research positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Peck’s new assignment is through an “intergovernmental personnel agreement” with Cornell University, which allows him to remain teaching in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Systems Engineering Program.
His experience with aerospace technology dates back 20 years and includes work as a NASA engineer on various technology programs, such as the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites.