Press Release

USRA Names Carol Kory Director of Microgravity Sciences at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio

By SpaceRef Editor
March 23, 2020
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Universities Space Research Association (USRA) today announced the appointment of Dr. Carol Kory as Director of Microgravity Sciences effective immediately.
Carol is an established leader in technology research and development, with over 25 years of experience in program management and planning, business development, and intellectual property protection within the government and commercial sectors.  She has published and presented over 200 technical papers at international conferences and in peer-reviewed journals, holds seven patents, and is the recipient of numerous NASA individual and team awards throughout her career.
Significant accomplishments include the integration of airborne environmental intelligence and situational awareness hardware in support of the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).  In addition, she developed the first accurate electromagnetic model for high power amplifiers that explained an anomaly in the NASA Cassini mission to Saturn.  She also developed five prototype antennas for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) Continuation Project; and performed electromagnetic analyses on the International Space Station (ISS) Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) testbed antennas prior to launch.
Bernie Seery, Senior Vice President of Technology at USRA noted, “Carol’s scientific and management credentials are of the highest caliber, and she has already developed a great working relationship with NASA — not just within the Microgravity Program, but with many other programs at the Center. She will continue to work with our USRA researchers, their Glenn colleagues and sponsors, and university PIs to deliver the highest quality of scientific research on our existing and proposed scientific experiments for the international Space Station and related ground test facilities.”
In her previous positions she served as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Technology at Teraphysics Corporation, Director of Business Development at Vencore Services and Solutions, and Director of Technology at QinetiQ North America.
Carol holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton, and M.S. and doctoral degrees from Cleveland State University, all in electrical engineering.
About USRA
Founded in 1969, under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences at the request of the U.S. Government, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is a nonprofit corporation chartered to advance space-related science, technology and engineering.  USRA operates scientific institutes and facilities, and conducts other major research and educational programs, under Federal funding.  USRA engages the university community and employs in-house scientific leadership, innovative research and development, and project management expertise.  More information about USRA is available at

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