Dennis Andrucyk is the center director of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, as of January 2020.
He previously served as the deputy associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
During his time as deputy associate administrator, innovative observing systems were flown, made possible by new research and technology. For example, while originally used as educational tools, distributed CubeSat constellations have flown as a single mission and made simultaneous multi-point Earth measurements, expanding the knowledge of our home planet in a low cost manner. Other CubeSats have flown to Mars to relay entry, descent and landing information of the InSight Mars lander, helping us to explore our neighboring planet.
Andrucyk has also championed efforts to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce that encourages collaboration and partnership across NASA science.
Prior to joining the Science Mission Directorate, Andrucyk served as NASA’s acting chief technologist and as deputy associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. He previouslyheld many positions at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, including director of the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, director of Engineering, deputy director of Engineering, chief of the Software Engineering Division, and chief of the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division. He also served as Goddard’s chief technologist and as the associate chief of the Electrical Engineering Division. In 2000, he was selected as a Goddard Senior Fellow.
Before joining NASA in 1988, Andrucyk served at the Department of Defense as both a contractor and a civil servant. He has worked at the National Security Agency, the Naval Research Laboratory, Westinghouse Electric, General Electric and the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
Andrucyk has twice earned the Senior Executive Service Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Goddard Outstanding Leadership Honor Award, and the Goddard Exceptional Achievement Award in Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity.
Andrucyk holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.