Gynelle C. Steele
Gynelle is the Program Manager for the NASA Glenn Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program. She oversees the development of the solicitation, evaluation and ranking processes for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, along with identifying opportunities for infusion of SBIR-funded Aeronautics technologies. She has also been instrumental in developing core strategic elements of the Agency-wide SBIR/STTR program that have helped with aligning it for continued success.
Prior to serving as Glenn’s SBIR/STTR Program Manager, Gynelle was a project engineer in the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) responsible for facilitating the transfer of NASA technologies to the private sector. During her time with the TTO she also served as the Center Software Release Authority where she positioned Glenn to lead the agency in the design and implementation of a software repository and as the technical monitor for the NASA Glenn Garrett Morgan Commercialization Initiative (GMCI) which was the only agency program focusing exclusively on transferring technology to small disadvantaged businesses.
During her career, Gynelle has received numerous service and performance awards including the Technical Person of the Year award from the NASA Small Business Program, the National Women of Color award, the NASA Medal for Exceptional Service, a Glenn’s Leadership University participant and Women’s Executive Leadership Program participant. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Cleveland State University.