Dr. Ann Carlson is an independent contractor/consultant in the areas of science policy, Federal Government, grant writing, and technical writing, with clients as varied as the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities, ScienceWorks, and Clarkson University. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Physics, Mathematics, Environmental Science and Psychology at North Country Community College in Malone, N.Y.
Previously at the National Science Foundation, Dr. Carlson was responsible for providing the Director and Deputy Director with broad policy-level advice, assistance, and support on a wide range of programmatic and budget planning matters relevant to the mission of the Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Carlson served as a Senior Policy Analyst with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Agency Representative to the National Science and Technology Council. In this capacity, she coordinated science policy and interagency research activities primarily in the areas of the environment, social and behavioral sciences, and education and workforce development.
During her 25-year NASA career, Dr. Carlson served as Assistant for Science Policy to NASA’s Chief Scientist and in various program and line management positions for the Earth Sciences Enterprise at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. She has worked variously as a research scientist in support of NASA’s atmospheric science program and Principal Investigator of the Surface Solar Energy Project, as a computational fluid dynamicist in aerothermodynamics research, and as a design engineer for aircraft and spacecraft thermal control systems. She holds a B.S. in Physics from Clarkson University, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University, M.S. in Psychology from Capella University, and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University.