Linda Ham is the Head of NASA Johnson Space Center’s Partnership Development Office where Linda and her team facilitate collaborations with diverse industries, other government agencies, universities and research institutes. With over 30 years of experience with NASA, Linda held a multitude of operational, technical and management roles including serving as the first woman Flight Director in the Mission Control Center for Space Shuttle missions and as Manager of Space Shuttle Program Integration, a $13.6B program with over 19,000 contractor and civil servant employees. During her NASA career, Linda also led the Constellation Program’s Technology Development efforts and chaired the Facility Control Board which determined the priorities, budgets, and schedules for the Program’s facility needs across the Agency. Linda served as a NASA Executive Liaison to the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab in 2003. Linda also chairs the Innovation Research Interchange’s Federal Lab Activity Group and represents JSC with the Federal Laboratory Consortium. Linda holds a M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School, an MBA from Rice University, a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Applied Science from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside.