Victoria Elsbernd, Acting Director Heliophysics Division
Ms. Elsbernd is the Acting Division Director for the Heliophysics Division. She had previously served as the Deputy Director of the Heliophysics Division since 2007 where she was responsible for the direction and programmatic management of over 20 flight missions in solar and space physics in the Living With a Star, Solar Terrestrial Probes and Explorer Programs.
She has over 35 years of experience in engineering, technical and managerial positions in both government and private industry. Since joining NASA in 1991 from Grumman Space Station Division where she worked as a Senior Systems Engineer, she has held a series of engineering and management positions with increasing responsibilities on many successful NASA flight programs including the Space Station Freedom Program Office Canadian Program Manager; Polar and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Programs (POES and GOES), SAGE III – Meteor-3M, a joint mission between NASA and the Russian Space Agency, the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project and the TIMED, STEREO, Solar-B, MMS, AIM, SDO, and RBSP Projects.
She has received numerous individual and group performance awards in recognition of her managerial and leadership skills, including the Goddard Space Flight Center’s Outstanding Leadership Award, the Mission to Planet Earth Director’s Award; and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.