Dr. Wanda Solano is an Information Technology Specialist in
the NASA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and
the NASA Stennis Space Center (SSC) Principal Technologist
for the National Center for Critical Information Processing
and Storage (NCCIPS), a federal shared services data center,
where she provides technical support for data center upgrades,
expansion and sustainment.
Dr. Solano's first assignment
with NASA was with the Rocket Propulsion Engineering Division
as a data acquisition and controls engineer supporting rocket
engine testing. She later moved to the Technology Development
and Innovative Partnerships Program Offices where she has
been Principal Investigator on several university collaborative
projects and COTR to numerous Small Business Innovative Research
(SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) projects
for the Rocket Propulsion Test and Earth Science programs.
In this capacity she has leveraged NASA, business and university
resources to advance feasible and affordable technology solutions
of complex test problems in support of the agency's missions
Dr. Solano current areas of
interest are in machine learning, signal processing and control
techniques for anomaly detection and data analysis in support
of Rocket Propulsion Test and NCCIPS data center facility
In 2005 Dr. Solano was the recipient
of the NASA National Space Club George M. Low Memorial Fellowship
(which supported completion of her doctoral studies in Computer
Science) and Dual Career Path promotion which recognizes leadership
and technical expertise. Dr. Solano has received numerous
NASA awards for engineering and new technology contributions.
She has been recognized by NASA
Public Affairs as a leader in inspiring Mississippi and Louisiana
school involvement with programs in science and math, including
the FIRST Robotics and LEGO League competitions.
Dr. Solano received her Bachelor
of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University
and her Masters in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University.
Her Doctor of Philosphy, also from Tulane, is in Computer
Science where she specialized in Machine Learning.
In her spare time, she enjoys
Latin, African, Cuban and Brazilian percussion and dance.