Dr. Carol R. Lewis is the SBIR/STTR Technology Transition Lead at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Her primary responsibility is to manage the transition of SBIR/STTR-developed technologies into programs and projects, and through industry for commercialization support. This includes participating in the planning, development, and implementation of activities to assure that the program produces technologies that support JPL and NASA missions, and collaborates toward their commercialization. She coordinates JPL's SBIR/STTR activities with those of the Program Management Office and the Mission Directorate Representatives and Liaisons.
Prior to joining the SBIR/STTR Program, Dr. Lewis served as a technical line manager for spacecraft power systems and technologies, and optical and chemical sensors. Her organizations supported numerous planetary and earth orbiting flight projects with hardware design, development and testing of spacecraft power subsystems and lasers/optical metrology subsystems. They also conducted cutting edge technology development on photovoltaic arrays, thermal to electric power conversion, solid state electrochemistry, advanced bulk and thin film batteries, direct methanol fuel cells, optical metrology sources, and array-based chemical sensing. As Instrument Manager for JPL's Electronic Nose (ENose), she led the delivery of this array-based sensing technology demonstration, bridging the TRL 4-to-6 transition; a year later, ENose completed its successful six-month flight experiment onboard the International Space Station. Before joining JPL, Dr. Lewis supervised the materials research and development group at the Varian Research Center (Palo Alto, CA) that was responsible for numerous record-breaking efficiencies for single-junction and multijunction single-crystal semiconductor solar cells.
Dr. Lewis received a Ph.D. degree in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B. S. degree in Chemistry from Yale University.