Director of the Engineering
Olga D. González-Sanabria
serves as Director of Engineering at the NASA Glenn Research
Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Her government service spans 28
years. In this capacity, González-Sanabria is responsible
for planning, organizing, and directing a full range of integrated
services including engineering design and development, fabrication,
systems engineering and integration, and systems analysis.
The Directorate is comprised of a workforce of over 400 engineers,
technicians, and support personnel.
Prior to her current position,
González-Sanabria served as Director of the Engineering
and Technical Services Directorate planning, organizing, and
directing a full range of integrated services including engineering,
fabrication, testing, facility management, and aircraft services,
and maintains overall responsibility for Plum Brook Station
for the Center. She also served as Director of the Systems
Management Office where she supported the development of Center
level strategic processes, implementation planning, and decision
guidelines for program direction and resource allocation.
her NASA career at NASA's Glenn Research Center in 1979. Other
positions she has held at Glenn include chief of Glenn's Plans
and Programs Office and executive officer to Glenn's Center
Director. In the Plans and Programs Office, she provided integration
of the Center's aeronautics and space programs. As executive
officer, she was responsible for assisting the Center Director
in planning, organizing and managing Glenn's institutional
and technical programs. She has experience as a project manager
and a researcher and has had work assignments at other NASA
Centers including Headquarters, providing her a comprehensive
view of the Agency.
born in Puerto Rico. She received her bachelor of science
from the University of Puerto Rico and her master of science
from the University of Toledo, both in chemical engineering.
She is a patentee in her field and has authored/co-authored
over 30 technical reports and presentations for journals and
She received numerous prestigious
NASA awards including the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership
(2002), NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1993), and R&D
100 Award (1988).
2006 - Presidential Rank
2004 - HENAAC Technica magazine's
(Winter 2004 edition) cover story with her husband Rafael
Sanabria - "NASA Glenn's Dynamic Duo"
2004 - YWCA
Woman of Achievement Award
2003 - Inducted to the
Ohio Women Hall of Fame
2000 - Women of Color
in Technology Career Achievement Award
Read more about her at GRC
News Release 02-049
APRIL 2008 / RETIRED 2011