John Sankovic, Ph.D.

Center Chief Technologist
John H. Glenn Research Center

Dr. John M. Sankovic serves as the Director of the Office of Technology Incubation and Innovation at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  Dr. Sankovic was appointed to the position and to the Senior Executive Service in September 2014.   In his current role he oversees discretionary investments in technology, technology transfer and licensing, promoting and protecting the center’s intellectual property portfolio and identifying infusion opportunities. Dr. Sankovic also serves as the Center Chief Technologist.

He joined NASA in June of 1987 as a co-op engineering student working on turbine engine compressors and has had a distinguished NASA career serving in various technical, supervisory and mid-level program/project management positions of increasing responsibility across a variety of Glenn competencies. Prior to his current position Dr. Sankovic served as the  Chief of the Space Operations Project Office managing work assigned to Glenn in the areas of electric power, space communications, human health and physical sciences.

Dr. Sankovic earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from The University of Akron, his Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University, and his master’s and doctorate in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.  He is a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute.

Dr. Sankovic is a registered professional engineer in the State of Ohio with distinction by the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers for highest achievement on both licensure examinations.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, five agency group achievement awards, and an R&D100 technology innovation award.  Dr. Sankovic has authored or co-authored over 70 technical publications in topics ranging from space propulsion and power to fluid mechanics and biomedical sciences.