Mary J. Lobo is currently the acting Deputy Director of the Office of Technology Incubation and Innovation at NASA Glenn Research Center where she focuses on strategic partnering for economic development in the Cleveland area, the transfer and licensing of NASA GRC-developed technologies to private industry, and supporting Agency-based and Center-based programs. She works with entrepreneurs, industry, academia, non-profits, state and local governments to enable new capabilities that will stimulate economic growth based upon aerospace technologies and helps negotiate terms and conditions for agreements with those entities seeking to establish business and collaborations with GRC.
Mary has worked at the NASA Glenn Research Center for approximately 15 years, first as a test engineer leading multidiscipline teams to perform buildup and testing activities in Turbo-machinery Compressor and Flow Physics facilities, and then as the Space Simulation Facility Manager where she was responsible for the test coordination and strategic planning in over two dozen vacuum chambers at Lewis Field. She later served as the Chief of the Test Facility Management Branch where she was responsible for managing all the research and development ground test facilities at Lewis Field through her team of Facility Managers who focus on long-range planning, marketing facilities to internal and external-to-NASA customers, advocacy of facility maintenance and enhancements, serving as the principle customer interface, coordinating, prioritizing facility schedules, maintenance, and facility operations budget management.
Throughout her career as both a contractor and civil servant at NASA, Mary has been recognized for exceptional facility support and her participation in Education and Outreach activities. She has received multiple NASA Group Achievement Awards and in 2017, NASA’s Early Career Achievement Medal. Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University.