NASA has announced its first-ever chief technology officer for IT: Chris C. Kemp, who previously served as chief information officer at the agency’s Ames Research Center in California.
“We are lucky to already have Chris at NASA, and this move will leverage his creative talents and energies,” NASA’s Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton said.
Before his position as CIO, Kemp served as Ames’ director of strategic business development and helped build partnerships with Google and Microsoft.
Prior to joining NASA in 2006, he helped create the online community Classmates.com, the web-based vacation-rental platform Escapia, and the first online grocery shopping platform for Kroger.
In his new role, Kemp will be responsible for the agency’s Enterprise Architecture division and for introducing new and emerging technologies into IT planning and adoption. He will develop and oversee a new CTO Council with participants from NASA’s mission organizations and field centers. The council’s goal will be to support creative ideas and nurture innovation within NASA’s IT organization. Kemp will primarily focus on ways to make the space agency’s IT environment more energy efficient.