Aprille J Ericsson Jackson

Aprille J Ericsson Jackson (1963 - ) is an American Aerospace Engineer, and the first African-American to receive a PhD in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She was born and raised in Brooklyn. She received her BS in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from MIT, her Masters in Engineering, and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University. She won the Women in Science and Engineering award in 1997 for the Best Female Engineer in the federal government, and the Washington Award for recognized engineers whose accomplishments have “pre-eminently promoted the happiness, comfort, and well-being of humanity” in 2016. She has over a decade of experience in structural dynamics and controls of spacecraft missions. She has also helped manage science instruments set to take flight such as the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), which will observe ice sheet elevation change, sea ice freeboard, and vegetation canopy height on the James Webb Space Telescope which will operate one million miles away from Earth. She is currently an aerospace engineer at NASA GSFC, and instrument manager for a proposed mission to bring dust back from the Martian lower atmosphere to Earth. She also is the Goddard manager for the federal program that enables small businesses to support NASA, and collaborate with universities, to compete for opportunities to provide technology that solves identified research and development challenges. She is an adjunct professor at HU in the School of Engineering, and is a known mentor and motivational speaker.