National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Marla E. Perez-Davis
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Marla E. Pérez-Davis serves as Director for the Aeronautics Research Office at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The office serves as the focal point for aeronautics research at Glenn and provides project management, leadership and oversight in support of the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.
Prior to this position, Dr. Pérez-Davis was responsible for planning, coordinating, directing and supervising the Project Liaison and Integration Office. Her primary responsibilities included implementing, integrating and managing all phases of technical management and resources analysis, and controls.
Since joining Glenn in 1983, Dr. Pérez-Davis has held a number of key positions. She served as Chief of the Electrochemistry Branch where she managed the research and technology workforce. Under her direction, the branch was responsible for conducting research and development, component design, cell fabrication, tests, advanced system conception and preliminary evaluation as it related to electrochemical energy conversion and storage. As part of a special assignment, she served as the recruitment and planning team lead for the Educator Astronaut Program at NASA Headquarters. Dr. Pérez-Davis also served as the Research and Technology Lead in the Plans and Programs Office, assisting the Chief in evaluating high level strategic plans and policies and designing implementation plans and associated processes.
Dr. Pérez-Davis completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Developmental Program in 2004. She also participated in the NASA Administrator’s Fellowship Program and served her tenure at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus. She developed and implemented initiatives leading to K-12 teacher’s professional development and other outreach activities in Puerto Rico.
Dr. Pérez-Davis holds a Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Toledo, respectively. She also holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
During her career, Dr. Pérez-Davis has received numerous awards, including: the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (2012); Top 25 Elite Business Women – Hispanic Business Magazine (2009); Women of Color Career Achievement (2008); Distinguished Alumni Award – Alumni Association of University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (2005); Women in Aerospace Award for Aerospace Awareness (2003); Women of Color Technology Award for Career Achievement (2001); and the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Santiago Rodriguez Diversity Award (2001). She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.