Author - Dr. Sasi Kumar Pillay

In this capacity, he oversees how promising technologies are developed, evaluated and integrated into mainstream IT services at the Agency. He also has the responsibility for managing Enterprise Architecture, Open Government activities and the dissemination of Scientific and Technical Information for the Agency. Previously, he served as the Chief Information Officer at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center for 15 years. In this regard, Dr. Pillay had a broad scope of responsibility including managing administrative telecommunications, networking, desktop computing, several key administrative applications, computer modeling and simulation, and high-end computing and visualization. Under his leadership, NASA Glenn served as the lead for NASA for the development of Agency-wide standards and architecture for end user devices and systems with a focus on security, interoperability, and collaboration. He was also responsible for NASA Glenn saving nearly $80 million in the last decade through standardization, consolidation and outsourcing of end user devices and services while improving customer satisfaction and other service metrics. He also implemented and promoted a collaboration environment resulting in improved productivity and reduced expenses across multiple disciplines comprising of over 200 workgroups.
Dr. Pillay is the recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and the Outstanding Leadership Medal. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Rank Award recognizing him as a Meritorious Executive in the U.S. federal government. He was recognized as the CIO of the Year by the North East Ohio Software Association in 2008.

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