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Space Architect
Gary L. Martin

Editor's Note: The office was discontinued in August 2004.
Gary L. Martin, NASA's Space Architect. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls. Gary L. Martin was named NASA's Space Architect on October 11, 2002. In this position, Mr. Martin leads the development of strategic architectures and identifies high-level requirements for systems that will accomplish the Nation's space exploration vision.

Mr. Martin began his career at NASA in 1990 representing the needs of the microgravity science community to the designers of the Space Station. He was the Branch Chief for Advanced Programs (1992-94) within the Microgravity Sciences and Applications Division and then the Division's acting Deputy Director (1994-96). During this time he managed technology development and space flight hardware such as the Space Acceleration Measurements System and the Microgravity Glovebox, families of hardware whose units flew on both Shuttle and Mir and are now on the International Space Station.

Mr. Martin spent four years (1997-2000) at Goddard Space Flight Center, first as a Program Integration Manager for two space science organizations (Structure and Evolution of the Universe and the Astronomical Search for Origins) and then as the Chief of a new office created to manage technology programs for Headquarters, such as, the Cross-Enterprise Technology Program, Earth Science Technology Office and the Agency's Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program.

Mr. Martin moved back to Headquarters in 2000 and served as Assistant Associate Administrator for Advanced Systems in NASA's Office of Space Flight from July 2000 until the appointment to be Space Architect in 2002. During this time, he led multi-Enterprise, multi-Center strategic planning teams, the Decadal Planning Team and the NASA Exploration Team.

Mr. Martin holds the following degrees: Colorado State University, B. A. Anthropology and Minor Criminal Justice; Virginia Commonwealth University, B. S. Applied Math and Physics; and George Washington University, M. S. Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Astronautical Engineering.

January 2004