Dr. Douglas Terrier

Chief Technologist
National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Dr. Douglas Terrier is the Chief Technologist at the NASA Johnson Space Center, serving as the principal advisor to the Center Director for technology, and the Center point of contact for the Agency Chief Technologist and the Space Technology Mission Directorate. He is responsible for guiding JSC’s technology investment strategy and integrating and managing the comprehensive technology portfolio.
Douglas also serves a dual role as the Deputy Director of JSC’s Strategic Opportunity and Partnership Development (SOPD) Office. SOPD is responsible for guiding JSC future business including: strategic planning; new business pursuit; technology investment and commercialization; and partnership development. SOPD coordinates all external competitive pursuits and collaborative efforts on behalf of the Center technical Directorates.

Douglas’ previous assignment was Associate Director of Engineering where he led teams responsible for design and development of spacecraft for NASA’s human space exploration program. He also managed the multi-center Crew Exploration Vehicle Aero-science Project developing the critical aerodynamic and aero-thermal environment design database for the Orion spacecraft.

Prior to joining JSC, Douglas served in the Enterprise Readiness Division in the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation at NASA HQ where he led efforts to align field Center institutions with the Vision for Space Exploration. He joined NASA in 2003 at the Langley Research Center in the Office of Business Development where he was responsible for growing and realigning the Center’s strategic business profile.
Douglas worked in the commercial aerospace sector for a total of 23 years with Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and General Electric Aircraft Engines. He was responsible for International Business Development for Lockheed Martin in the Asia/Pacific region, supporting major successful campaigns including the Australian Joint Strike Fighter campaign worth $12B and the Singapore F-16 Peace Carvin Program worth $4B. Douglas managed Lockheed Martin’s Executive Strategy Team in their successful bid for the DoD’s Joint Strike Fighter program worth $500B.

As an engineering project manager for the Lockheed Martin, Douglas led several highly successful Department of Defense development projects on flight programs including: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter international variants and block upgrade program; F-22 Raptor fighter program; A-12 Lightning program; National Aerospace Plane; and several classified programs.

Douglas earned a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas. He also completed the Carnegie Mellon Graduate School of Industrial Management program with the Lockheed Martin Institute for Leadership Excellence. Douglas holds patents for his work in aerospace propulsion and has published numerous technical papers. He has earned the Lockheed Martin “Outstanding Technical Achievement” award on four occasions, several NASA “ Superior Technical Accomplishment” awards, and the NASA Leadership medal.

Douglas is the proud father of two daughters and a son. In his spare time, he is an avid soccer player and an aircraft owner and pilot.


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