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Aprille Ericsson is the SBIR/STTR Program Manager in the Innovative Technology Partnerships Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). This SBA funded program enables small businesses and small businesses collaborating with universities, respectively, to compete for opportunities to solve selected R&D challenges faced by various government agencies within the United States. The majority of Dr. Ericsson’s 25+ years engineering career has been at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in the Engineering Directorate. Initially, she worked in the Guidance Navigation & Control discipline conducting spacecraft simulations and analysis to predict their dynamic behavior during flight and to determine the best spacecraft attitude and structural vibration control methods. Dr. Ericsson has also worked at NASA HQs as a Program Executive for the Earth Science Enterprise and a Resource Manager for the Space Science Enterprise. For 10 years, she has been Instrument Project Manager (IM) for various instruments which include: the Near-Infrared Spectrograph on the James Webb Space Telescope, the Project Engineer for the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter which launched April 2009, on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. For 3.5 years she served as the Deputy Instrument Project Manager for ICESat-2’s sole instrument the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS), a $480M lidar instrument that will continue the important observations of ice-sheet elevation change, sea-ice freeboard, and vegetation canopy height begun by ICESat(-I) in 2003. Dr. Ericsson serves on numerous boards, and in community leadership positions. She received her B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at the MIT. She received her Masters of Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Howard University (HU) with an Aerospace option. She is proud to be the first (African American) female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from HU; the first American to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, the Aerospace option from HU; and the first African American female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA GSFC.