Julie Crooke manages Goddard’s Internal Research and Development program, which strategically invests in advanced technologies for future missions. Ms. Crooke began her aerospace engineering career in 1990 as an optical-systems engineer.
She worked on the first Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission and led instrument developments on a number of high-profile missions, including Cassini-Composite Infrared Spectrometer, Spitzer-Infrared Array Camera, and the ICESat-Geoscience Laser Altimeter System, just to name a few. She also worked on a number of technology-maturation projects for the James Webb Space Telescope. During a two-year detail, Ms. Crooke also worked for the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation and the Advanced Planning and Integration Office at NASA Headquarters. Most recently, Ms. Crooke served as the Astrophysics Line of Business Manager at Goddard for 10 years and is currently the study manager for one of the proposed 2020 Astronomy and Astrophysics Large Strategic Decadal Survey missions, known as LUVOIR (the Large Ultraviolet/Optical/Infrared).
Ms. Crooke received a B.S. in Physics from Guilford College and a M.S. in Physics from Northern Illinois University.