Dr. Dionne Hernandez-Lugo is the Kilopower Project Manager at NASA Glenn Research Center, in this role she manages a multi-Agency team (NASA and DoE) in the development of nuclear flight concepts for future NASA Moon and Mars missions.
Previous to joining the Kilopower Project she served as the Technical and battery lead for the X-57 Maxwell all-electrified aircraft, in this role she was responsible of managing a multi-Agency team in the development of a Li-ion battery system as the main power source for this electrified aircraft.
Her work with in NASA targets the development of new innovative technology necessary to make the breakthrough gains in power systems for future space explorations. In 2012 NASA recognized Dr. Hernández-Lugo commitment to STEM education and leadership with the NASA Ambassador award and in 2014 she received the Leadership Award from the Women in Color in STEM Magazine.
Dionne has been at NASA for over five years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry and a Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico.