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Deborah Diaz – D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015

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Deborah Diaz

Chief Technology Officer of Information Technology
NASA

It’s tough to find a NASA project that Deborah Diaz hasn’t influenced in the past year.

NASA recently has held a number of challenges, hackathons and initiatives that have revolved around the agency using cutting-edge technology. From amateur asteroid hunters to 3-D printing in space to earth science visualizations, Diaz has made sure the technology behind it all can support those missions.

A big part of that has to do with NASA’s use of cloud, something Diaz has been integrating into NASA’s systems for some time now.

What we have to focus on is … the innovative technologies that will spring us forward as a country.

“It’s really keeping an open mind, making certain that whether its an API or using open source that you are thinking through the data ingest part of it and making certain that you have the right data, accessible and machine readable,” Diaz told FedScoop in November.

Working at NASA since 2009, Diaz has been at the forefront of the government’s adoption of cloud, serving as a mentor for IT professionals throughout the federal government.

“There’s not a silver bullet,” Diaz said when asked about advice for those looking to move from cloud. “What most individuals have to do is ask the right questions.”

Last year, when Diaz also was recognized as one of D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Tech, she offered some advice to other federal leaders.

“What we have to focus on is taking the cost savings as much as we can and putting them toward the innovative technologies that will spring us forward as a country.”

– Greg Otto

Read the full story about this year's selection of D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Technology, and view the full list here.