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TechPort team

Who we are

The TechPort team is a unique group whose primary goal is technology communication. We are dedicated to finding innovative and engaging ways to document, highlight, visualize, and advocate for the amazing technology development work occurring at NASA. We're developers, designers, architects, and engineers. We're also fun at parties.

What we do

We capture information and turn it into knowledge. Through the use of a web-based portal we gather technology investment information from across the Agency and transform the information into opportunities for collaboration and partnerships, analyses of how we are meeting mission needs, and data visualization of key technology drivers that enable Agency decision making.

Why we do it

We believe that NASA's mission is served best when information flows freely. That's why we designed a system that showcases the exciting, novel and crosscutting activities taking place at NASA. Whether it's a concept in its early stage, a prototype, or a fully developed technology - it's all here in TechPort. We invite you to come look around!

Trina Chytka

Team Co-Captain and Outspoken Cheerleader

Team Co-Captain and Outspoken Cheerleader

Trina loves being an out-of-the box thinker, primarily because she can never figure out what is supposed to be in the box to begin with. Constantly challenging the team for "different," she has yet to be thrown off the island, which is quite an accomplishment. After-hours, you can find Trina tending garden, dreaming of travel, and enjoying a glass of chocolate milk.

Patrick Murphy

Team Co-Captain

Team Co-Captain

As an early adopter, Patrick has a passion for the Internet of Things, strongly believing in the intersection between humans and AI. Constantly reminding others to think differently and explore new ideas, he'll jump at the chance to unravel new technology. You may catch him tinkering in his garage with his 4 young apprentices or streaming Game of Thrones.

Tracy Bierman

NASA Project Manager

NASA Project Manager

In search of out-of-this world intelligence, Tracy seeks the holy grail of Artificial Intelligence. However, his focus is on the artificial because, let's just face it, who thinks it a good idea that we make computers smarter than humans? When not researching AI, he likes driving his own car.

Eric Holmes

Team Co-Captain

Team Co-Captain

Eric has a passion for vehicles and the technologies that allow them to break the bounds of Earth's gravity. When he's not living the dream at NASA, you can find him in his shop, building RC model airplanes while listening to music on his home-built vacuum tube amplifiers.

Yvette Oliva-Buisson

Specialist Representative

Specialist Representative & Program Analyst

Yvette is the voice on the other end of the phone (or email) when TechPort users have questions or need help navigating through the system. She also constantly reviews the Technology Portfolio for accuracy. After-hours, Yvette enjoys cultural traveling, reading, and caring for her feathered and hairy pets on her mini-farm.

Jeremy Pinier

Utility Team Member

Utility Team Member

When not chasing his toddler twin girls around the house, or keeping them from banging too hard on the piano, you might find Jeremy leaning against the wind in a large wind tunnel to improve the design of a rocket or an airplane, building semi-functional wood furniture, or if he's lucky enough, enjoying a nice evening with friends and family.

Christine Lehman

Database Administrator

Database Administrator

Christine is an easy-going, free spirit at heart, who travels widely and drinks deeply of life's cup of coffee. That being said, she applies strict data normalization and logic to all aspects of life, including her dog. IF PUPPY_NAME WHERE EXISTS (GOOD_DOG IS NOT NULL) THEN RETURN TREAT ELSE RETURN NULL;

Dillon Gresham

Developer

Developer

Dillon loves breaking webpages down and building them back up again, with an emphasis on breaking. One day, Dillon hopes to be the first web developer in space. We need websites in space too, right?

Hristo Iankov

Developer

Developer

Hristo takes code apart and sews it back together, and he can't be held responsible if it comes to life on its own. When he's not doing that, he's taking real world objects apart and building things from their components.

Jeremy Rhodes

Lead Tester

Lead Tester

Jeremy loves finding ways to break software so the rest of us have to go home late. When he's not creating more work for the development team, you can usually find him under a car engine or playing guitar with his dog.

Ryan Miller

Lead Architect & Developer

Lead Architect & Developer

Ryan finds joy in making computers do all the hard work so the rest of us can go home early. When he's not programming, he'll be in the kitchen creating delicious concoctions for his family or playing bass guitar.

Paul Herzing

User Interface Design Lead

User Interface Design Lead

Before joining the TechPort team in 2011, Paul had a full head of resplendent hair. He has denied rumors that he once ate an entire brisket while riding a Yellow Line train. He remains the only man in Virginia to be legally adopted by a dog.

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Daniel (Security Lead), Andrew (System Administrator), Mohammed (System Administrator), Pedro (Tester), Shannon (Tester), and Andrew (Tester)

Not pictured: Daniel (Security Lead), Andrew (System Administrator), Mohammed (System Administrator), Pedro (Tester), Shannon (Tester), and Andrew (Tester)

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