Job Title
Assistant Head, Lidar Science Branch
NASA Langley Research Center
Program Role
Program Manager, Applied Sciences Program


Laura Rogers is currently serving as a program manager in the Applied Sciences Program within the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters. She works to apply NASA’s knowledge of Earth science to benefit people and the planet.  

Laura manages a broad portfolio of efforts across the Applied Sciences Program and leads the Program’s strategy and budget planning. Her work supports the development of practical and innovative applications from data collected by various satellite missions.

In her previous role as an Associate Program Manager for NASA’s Earth Applied Sciences Ecological Forecasting program area, Laura was an advocate for Earth observations in coastal regions pushing for dynamic mission architectures and interdisciplinary research. Laura additionally serves as an Associate Program Manager in NASA’s Earth Science Technology Office, leading the development and strategic definition of emerging technologies for the advancement of Earth Science. Laura’s expertise lies in systems thinking and complex system design. Prior to joining NASA, Laura served as an aviation officer in the U.S. Army commanding an aviation maintenance company, flying more than 1,000 hours in combat as an air mission commander and UH60A/L Blackhawk maintenance test pilot, and later serving as an operational test officer for the AH-64E Apache helicopter.

Laura came to NASA as a Presidential Management fellow. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Master of Science in Geological Sciences, Coastal Dynamics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.