Deputy Chief Information Officer
Ms. Maria Chacon is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Dryden Flight Research Center. She provides the policies and guidance to implement the Agency directed initiatives. She started at Dryden 20 years ago and has held various positions, including clerk, Telecommunications Manager, and Information Technology Security Manager.
She has won various awards, including the Pride in NASA Award in 1989, the prestigious Exceptional Achievement Medal from Headquarters in 1997, and the IT Security/Network Project Team Group Achievement Award from Headquarters in 1999.
Maria’s interest in the space shuttle and contact with various Dryden
“It took me twelve years to get my degree – I couldn’t have done it with out the support of my family and supervisor at work,” says Maria. “Even if it takes awhile, hold onto your dream. Keep plugging along – don’t drop out.”
Today, Maria lives in Lancaster, CA and enjoys watersports, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Her profile and archived web chats are also featured on NASA Quest website.