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NASA Langley Facts:

NASA Langley Research Center is located in the city of Hampton, near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

NASA Langley continues to forge new frontiers in aviation and space research as it has since 1917, when it was established as the nation's first civilian aeronautics laboratory! It is considered the NASA "Mother" center. Not only does Langley develop Airframe Systems, scientists also examine the layers of air planes and spacecraft fly through in Atmospheric Sciences.

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NASA Langley Research Center

Execution Manager

Currently, Ms. Debbie Martinez is the Execution Manager For Convergent Aeronautical Solutions (CAS) Project in support of the Transformative Aero Concepts Program (TACP).

From 2010-2014, Ms. Debbie Martinez was the Deputy Project Manager For Atmospheric Environment Safety Technologies (AEST) & System-Wide Safety and Assurance Technologies (SSAT) Projects in support of the Aviation Safety Program (AvSP).
From 2014 to 2015, she helped transition parts of AvSP/SSAT work into the Airspace Operations & Safety Program (AOSP)/Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) Project where she was Subproject Project Manager For Systems Assurance Technologies (SAT) Subproject

From 2008-2010, Ms. Martinez was the Deputy Manager for the Flight Test Article (FTA) project at Langley. The LaRC FTA project supported a multi-year, multi-center and contractor integrated effort to conduct a series of flight tests to demonstrate the performance and function of the Orion Launch Abort System (LAS). The actual Orion crew exploration vehicle (CEV) would be capable of carrying crew and cargo to the space station. Read about the great work our team did!

  • Ms. Martinez began working at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in 1990. Most of her career has been focused on Aeronautics. She has worked as a Systems Simulation Engineer and a Flight Ops Engineer supporting simulation and flight research projects under LARC Research Services Directorate. She has been the recipient of 8 NASA Superior Accomplishment awards, and numerous NASA Performance, NASA Team Excellence and NASA Group awards.

    Supporter of OEO & Educational Outreach Programs:
    Since 1996, Ms. Debbie Martinez has been the NASA LaRC Hispanic Advisory Group (HAG) chair for the Hispanic Employee Program (HEP) and the HEP site web master. As HAG chair, she has helped promote contact with and exposure to NASA LaRC Hispanic employee, local Hispanic community, Hispanic organizations, professional societies, and provide awareness of relevant issues and events via both these web sites and her monthly e-newsletter, HEP@NASA LaRC.

    While serving as HAG chair, Debbie has established and maintained four minority related web sites: Latina Women of NASA (WON), WON LaRC, Hispanic Astronauts, and Hispanics@NASA LaRC, respectively. These web sites further serve as a vehicle to expose the general public, as well as the Hispanic community, to Hispanic on-line profiles in an effort to provide minority youth throughout the world with virtual mentors they can relate with during their educational growth.

    In addition to supporting various NASA Langley Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (OEOP), such as, the Federal Women's Program (FWP) and HEP, she continually supports NASA LaRC educational outreach efforts via projects like the CERES S'COOL Project, NASA Langley Speakers Bureau, and the above mentioned web sites.

    She has been featured on Telemundo - "Despierta" television talk show and been the guest speaker at various Hampton Roads' Hispanic radio talk shows, and interviewed for numerous international publications such as, "El Nuevo Dia" newspaper, Hispanic Business magazine, Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers magazine, and NASANET magazine (Spain 2005).

    She was a co-founding member of the Society of Hispanic Engineers - Southeast Virginia Professional (SHPE-SEVA) Chapter established in December 2004. In 2004, she was nominated for NASA Langley's 2004 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Award. In addition, she has obtained numerous international awards and recognitions for her Hispanic outreach efforts.

    International Awards & Recognitions:

    1. 2015 - Women of Color (WOC) STEM - Career Achievement Award
    2. 2014 - ODU Batten College of Engineering & Technology’s Pioneer Award This award is presented to an outstanding pioneer or innovator in the engineering profession, industry, and/or the local, national, and international community. Ms. Martínez selection as recipient of the 2014 Pioneer Award recognizes her demonstration of and commitment to not only in her field of engineering but also to advancing those around her.
    3. 2010 - HENAAC (Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation) Professional Achievement Award -
    4. 2009 - "Aim High Extraordinary Stories of Hispanic and Latina Women" book by Laura Contreras-Rowe. [ISBN 0-98424630-4]
    5. 2006 - "Ay, Mija! Why do you want to be an engineer?" book by Edna Campos Gravenhorst. [ISBN: 0-9745346-2-5]
    6. 2003 - Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine's "Power Hitter in Business & Technology" - Certificate of Recognition · Being selected for this list is one of the most prestigious honors in the Hispanic professional community. Thousands of candidates are reviewed, and those that are selected stand out in areas such as professional achievement, technological innovation, and community leadership.
    7. 2002 Silver Letter recipient - General Session speaker at the International Latino Women Congress Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico
    8. 2000 - US Black/Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Magazines' "Women of Color Technology Awards" - Certificate of Merit Award · Outstanding achievements and contributions to the science, engineering, and technology industries. Awarded by the Career Communications Group, Inc. during the 5th Annual Women of Color Technology Awards.
    9. "1999 Latina of the Year Award in Science & Technology" by "Latina" magazine (featured in their September issue). This award, in addition to evaluating her technical background, also reviewed her support of the enhancement of Hispanics in the local community via the NASA Hispanic Employee Program (HEP).

    Educational Background:
    She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (E-RAU) in Daytona Beach, Florida, Master of Engineering from Old Dominion University, and earned her Private Pilot license at Langley AFB Aero Club.

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    Philosophy: "Let every opportunity serve as a means for you to explore and learn!" and "Always treat others as you want them to treat you!"

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