21st CCLC Summer Institute 2017, July 25-27. Philadelphia PA.

Nikesha Davis


Nikesha Davis Ms. Davis is an Attitude Control Analyst at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She has worked in NASA’s Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis (MESA) Division for the past six years. Her work deals with pointing and directing instruments and satellites using onboard hardware that includes sensors and actuators. She previously worked on the Global Precipitation Measurement Mission, where her main responsibilities were developing the Delta V and Delta H modes, or change in velocity and momentum of the spacecraft. She has also worked on International Space Station Instrument missions. Recently, she was the deputy lead NASA Attitude Control Analyst for the Origins of Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, and Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex) mission, which launched September 8, 2016. For that mission, Nikesha worked launch and early commissioning, including a focus on momentum management for the spacecraft. She currently works as the lead Guidance, Navigation, and Control Systems Engineer for the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission.

Ms. Davis enjoys volunteering in the community, through NASA and other programs, and is very passionate about spreading the word about STEM fields and broadening the understanding of what engineers do. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Spelman College, and a bachelor’s in aerospace engineering and a master’s in systems engineering from the University of Alabama Huntsville.