Assistant Associate Administrator (Acting)
Arthur Maples serves as NASA’s Assistant Associate Administrator. In this role he assists the Associate Administrator in the oversight and integration of NASA's programmatic and technical efforts to ensure the successful accomplishment of the agency’s overall mission.
Prior to coming to the Office of the Administrator, Maples was detailed to the United States Senate. There he served as the principle space advisor to Senator Bill Nelson, Chairman of the Science and Space Subcommittee.
Before his work in the U.S. Senate, Maples spent 5-years at Goddard Space Flight Center as an information technology manager. He began his career with NASA in 1985 at the Kennedy Space Center, where he served as a biomedical engineer and technical manager. He served on the prime launch team for 19 Space Shuttle missions. He was also a project manager and technical lead for life science and ecological science projects.
Maples is the recipient of NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award as well as many other commendations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane University and a master’s degree in business administration from the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.