National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Dr. Marla E. Pérez-Davis
Dr. Marla E. Pérez-Davis serves as the Deputy Director of the Research and Engineering Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In this position, Pérez-Davis is responsible for leading, planning, coordinating and managing all phases of Glenn’s research and engineering activities to accomplish NASA missions.
Prior to her current assignment, Pérez-Davis held a number of leadership positions at Glenn including Director of the Aeronautics Research Office. In this position she served as the focal point for aeronautics research and provided project management, leadership and oversight in support of the agency’s aeronautics research mission.
From 2007 to 2010, Pérez-Davis served as Chief of the Project Liaison and Integration Office where her leadership resulted in streamlined business processes, improved contract management practices and improved timeliness response to safety assurance activities.
Pérez-Davis also served as Chief of the Electrochemistry Branch where her leadership resulted in strengthening the energy storage and power competencies as well as the establishment of new partnerships in support of NASA missions.
Pérez-Davis is the recipient of NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; the Top 25 Elite Business Women, Hispanic Business Magazine; Women Of Color Career Achievement; Distinguished Alumni Award Alumni Association of University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez; Women in Aerospace Award for Aerospace Awareness; Women of Color Technology Award for Career Achievement; and the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Santiago Rodriguez Diversity Award. She is also a certified NASA Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Pérez-Davis, a native of Puerto Rico, earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico; a master of science degree from the University of Toledo and a Ph. D. from Case Western Reserve University in Chemical Engineering. In 2004, she completed NASA’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and the Office of Personnel Management Program.