Kaitlin Liles joined NASA as a cooperative education student in 2003 and transitioned to full-time in 2006 when she graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Liles served as the SAGE III on ISS Lead Thermal Engineer during the payload development and testing phases, up until the launch in February 2017. In that role, she was responsible for ensuring that the SAGE III instrument, once it’s attached to the International Space Station, would remain within a safe temperature range throughout the duration of the mission. At the start of the commissioning phase, Kaitlin became the project’s Chief Engineer. In this role she provides support for anomaly resolution and data trending evaluations, reviews critical change requests, and provides a link between the SAGE III operations and science teams and the LaRC Engineering Directorate.

Outside of work Kaitlin enjoys photography, traveling, reading, and spending time at the beach. She and her husband Ryan have been married since 2007 and have a son and a daughter (both born during the development of SAGE III!).


Bob Borchardt
Lead Technical Payload Engineer

Donald Cleckner
Mission Operations Engineer

Robert Damadeo
Lead Algorithm Scientist

Jim Farmer
Ground Systems Engineer

Richard Farmer
Ground Systems Engineer

David Flittner
Project Scientist

Michael Heitz
Scientific Programmer / Analyst

Jonathan Hicks
Ground Systems Engineer

Charles Hill
Deputy Project Scientist / Instrument Scientist

Carter Hulsey
Scientific Programmer / Analyst

Travis Knepp
Aerosol Research Scientist

Mahesh Kovilakam
Aerosol Research Scientist

Marsha Larosee
Scientific Programmer / Analyst

Kevin Leavor
Lead Data Scientist

Kaitlin Liles
Chief Engineer / Lead Thermal Engineer

James Losey
Mission Operations Engineer

Robbie Manion
Science Computing Facility Lead

Joshua McDonald
Mission Operations Engineer

Mary Cate McKee
Data Scientist

Allison McMahon
Communications & Public Outreach Lead

Jamie Nehrir
Mission Operations Manager

Greg Paxton
Ground Systems Lead

Andrew Peterson
Ground Systems Manager

Michael Pitts
Lead Scientist for Oxygen A-Band Temperature / Pressure Research Product

Samuel Porter
Deputy Mission Operations Manager

Marilee Roell
Science Manager

Carrie Roller
Science Validation Lead

Caitlyn Stone
Mission Operations Engineer

Larry Thomason
Lead Scientist for Aerosol Extinction Coefficient Product

Shane Wolf
Software Assurance Lead