Chris Gerty, Deputy Program Manager, Open Innovation Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Chris is a member of NASA’s Open Innovation Program and is a leading voice on collaborative exploration and NASA's maker culture. He has fifteen years of experience working on complex, technology-intense projects at NASA.
Chris has a passion for technology both personally and professionally, and has worked on projects ranging from planning human missions to the Moon, to specializing in the operation of US and Russian space suit systems on the International Space Station. He is also an explorer and has first-hand experience working and surviving in extreme conditions. In 2007, he participated as a crew member on NASA's undersea mission aboard the NOAA Aquarius Underwater Laboratory off the coast of Florida, living underwater for 10 days to study the effects of long-duration spaceflight and test lunar exploration concepts.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, and currently lives in Houston, TX with his family.