Creativity and Innovation (APPEL-C&I)

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The goal of this course is to enable NASA personnel to be more creative and innovative in all their works, including technical and managerial. "The excessive focus on analysis, targets, and number crunching, and the absence of introspection and imagination has resulted in a crisis in management" (Henry Mintzberg, The Globe and Mail, March 16, 2009). This course seeks to address this crisis.

This course is for NASA’s technical and managerial workforce, including engineers and program personnel, who are seeking to increase their abilities to be both creative and innovative in their technical and managerial endeavors.

Common Competencies
  • C 2.2 - Team Dynamics and Management
  • C 4.3 - Leadership
  • C 5.1 - Knowledge Capture and Transfer
  • C 5.2 - Knowledge Sharing

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Related Resources

Resource Category

Creativity: Developing and Communicating Ideas NASA Skillsoft Course
Executing Innovation NASA Skillsoft Course
Generating Creative and Innovative Ideas: Enhancing Your Creativity NASA Skillsoft Course
Generating Creative and Innovative Ideas: Maximizing Team Creativity NASA Skillsoft Course
Generating Creative and Innovative Ideas: Verifying and Building on Ideas NASA Skillsoft Course
Leadership Essentials: Leading Innovation NASA Skillsoft Course
Leading Innovation NASA Skillsoft Course
Promoting Creative Thinking NASA Skillsoft Course
Wanted - Innovation Leaders NASA Skillsoft Course
Creating Innovators (Public) Website
Creative Confidence (Public) Website

Critical Knowledge Resources

Resource Category

Phil McAlister: Relinquishing Control to Promote Innovation (Public) Video

APPEL Library Resources

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library Books 24x7 Library Books 24x7 Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define, employ, and assess creativity.
  • Define, employ, and assess innovation.
  • Apply creativity and innovation techniques to address technical, process, and managerial challenges.
  • Define and utilize whole brain thinking.
  • Practice structured and unstructured brainstorming techniques.
  • Motivate and enable creativity and innovation in their coworkers.
  • Recognize and assess inhibitors to creativity and innovation.


Interested in taking this course? Click the date(s) below to register through SATERN.

Registration Question? Contact the training specialist below for assistance.

Sabrina Paul
(321) 861-1526

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Pierre Larochelle is the Assistant Dean for Academics & Accreditation and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses that include creativity & innovation such as Advanced Mechanical Design, Capstone Design, and Introduction to Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on the design of complex robotic mechanical systems and creativity & innovation in design. He is the founding director of the Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory (RASSL), has over 100 publications, holds one US patent, and has served as a consultant on design, robotics, automation, machines, and computer-aided design.


Curriculum Question? Contact the curriculum lead below for assistance.

Ramien Pierre

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