Dr. Anna-Maria McGowan is the Agency Senior Engineer for Complex Systems Design at NASA serving as a senior technical advisor to the Agency and exploring cutting-edge methodologies in research, design, development, and operations of systems with multi-faceted complexity that are inherently uncertain, ambiguous, and emergent. Dr. McGowan’s research and agency leadership focus on innovative, interdisciplinary methodologies where she uses both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She integrates seminal research in fields external to aerospace that have the potential for high impact when integrated with engineering approaches to improve aerospace system performance, efficiency, and broader societal impacts. Dr. McGowan has over 26 years of experience in aerospace, conducting research and managing large projects in diverse areas that include design science, advanced and morphing aircraft, systems engineering, aeroservoelasticity, active flow control, and organization science. Dr. McGowan has served as a NASA senior advisor, senior project manager, DARPA agent, NSF visiting scientist, NATO consultant, short course instructor, flight test leader, wind-tunnel test engineer, senior researcher, and NASA spokesperson. Dr. McGowan has a B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University, M.S. in Aerospace Engineering/Engineering Mechanics from Old Dominion University, and Ph.D. in Design Science from the University of Michigan.