Megan A. Eskey has had a multi-decade career in information technology at NASA, spanning 29 years, with proven expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Web Management, and Open Government.
She is the recipient of multiple awards, and the author of technical publications dating back to 1985, including her most recent contribution to Xarxa d’Innovació Pública’s (XIP) 42 Voices About Open Government.
Megan is the designer of an open source architecture called OpenNASA v2.0 that formed the basis for OpenStack. The Cloud Stack and Open Stack modules were merged and released as the OpenStack open source code by Rackspace and NASA in 2010. The OpenStack Foundation provides oversight to hundreds of industry partners who have committed to OpenStack. The UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) launched Inside Government November 2012 based on her Government as a Platform (GaaP) model. The UK topped the UN’s eGov rankings in 2016.
In the early 1990s, during her time in the Intelligent Systems Group at Ames, her scheduling software (GPSS), which used machine learning techniques to optimize, was spun off into a startup called Red Pepper Software. Red Pepper was named for her grandfather, WS Redpath, who retired as Chairman of the Board of Ketchum. Red Pepper Software was eventually bought out by PeopleSoft.
Megan is a graduate of the University of Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science.