Principal Technologist for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate
Molly Anderson works for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop technologies, systems, and vehicle design concepts to expand humanity’s ability to survive and thrive in outer space. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Masters of Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston.
Her first tasks for NASA were creating computer simulations of life support systems, and she began to support systems engineering activities to optimize and integrate the complex, multi-disciplinary problems of humans in space. She has led efforts to develop new technologies for spacecraft life support, thermal heat rejection, and spacesuit systems. She participated in early design activities for the NASA Orion spacecraft, and was the life support system lead for the NASA Altair Lunar Lander. She later led a multi-disciplinary team in conceptual design of long duration spacecraft and surface habitats.
Molly is a Principal Technologist for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, creating strategic plans and overseeing technology development for life support, thermal, in-situ resource utilization, and spacesuits. She continues to support conceptual design activities for future spacecraft, including international collaborations for new vehicles at the moon and on the surface of Mars.