NASA Headquarters
Program Role
(currently on OTPS detail) Program Manager, Applied Sciences Program


Dr. Emily Sylak-Glassman is currently on a detail to the NASA Headquarters Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS).

Previously as a program manager in the Applied Sciences Program within the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters, she worked to apply NASA’s knowledge of Earth science to benefit people and the planet.  

Emily managed a broad portfolio of efforts across the Applied Sciences Program and led the Program’s strategy and budget planning. Emily's work supported the development of practical and innovative applications from data collected by various satellite missions. She serves as the executive secretary and designated federal official for the Applied Sciences Advisory Committee. She is currently the program application lead for the Surface Deformation and Change Mission. In addition, she is the lead for NASA’s partnership with the global humanitarian organization, Mercy Corps, which aims to help vulnerable communities in building resilience to complex stresses.

Before joining NASA, Emily worked at the Science and Technology Policy Institute, a federally funded research and development center. There, she worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and civil, defense, and intelligence executive branch agencies to provide in-depth analyses and technical expertise. As a project manager and lead researcher, she coordinated climate and Earth science efforts with OSTP, individual agencies, and at the interagency level with subcommittees of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).

Emily received a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She also received BS degrees in chemistry and biological chemistry from the University of Chicago.