Kimberly Minafra

Software Release Authority, Tech Transfer Office
NASA Ames Research Center


As the Software Release Authority (SRA) in the Technology Transfer Office at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Kimberly is responsible for the reporting, review, assessment, and release of all software created exclusively by, or jointly with, NASA employees or created by a non-Federal party where intellectual property rights to the software have been assigned to the U. S. Government. She works on all aspects of the software release process and is supported by a team experienced in software release. Kimberly’s efforts help to create an environment for building relationships with inventors and software users (within and outside of NASA), which could lead to mutually-beneficial technical cooperation.

As SRA, Kimberly contributes to maximizing the value of the taxpayer’s investments by enabling the transfer of cutting-edge technologies and research to the community to benefit the quality of life on Earth. Ames has a significant volume of software releases with complex IP and legal restrictions, as its regular receipt of Software of the Year awards demonstrates.

Prior to her role as an SRA, Kimberly has 20 years of experience as an accomplished global communicator with a proven track record designing and executing high-impact integrated communications programs for technology and science. Kimberly’s extensive experience in public relations and public outreach has enabled her to enhance the brand image for NASA’s legacy in aerospace and technology, with tech start-up companies and engineering industries who are interested in using NASA software and technology.


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