National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
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Rafael Sanabria serves as Deputy Director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Safety Center at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Brook Park, Ohio.
Sanabria began his career at NASA in 1979 as a chemical engineer. He has held many positions at NASA, including chemical engineer and aerospace engineer for the Engineering Design Division, where he worked on propulsion and thermal systems for the Atlas/Centaur and Shuttle/Centaur rockets; thermal engineer for the Engineering Directorate, performing advanced modeling of thermal systems for space shuttle and International Space Station components; aerospace engineer for the Advanced Space Analysis Office; and thermal engineer for the Cryogenics Fluid Technology Office. He also served as project manager for the Microgravity Division, and supervisory computer engineer, promoted to Deputy Branch Chief, of the Desktop Services Branch, Computer Services Division. He was Branch Chief of the Computational Environments Branch before moving to the Safety and Mission Directorate as Deputy Director in 2005.
Sanabria received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979. He is the recipient of multiple NASA Performance Awards, Group Achievement Awards, NASA Honor Awards, and Service Awards.
Sanabria was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico. He and his wife have two daughters.