WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today met with Dr. Marla Pérez -Davis who was recently named Director of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Dr. Pérez -Davis has worked with NASA Glenn in various roles since 1983 including deputy director, before being named acting director in September.
“Marla Pérez-Davis’ rise through the ranks at NASA Glenn Research Center is a testament to her abilities as well the innovative work that scientists at NASA Glenn complete every day,” said Brown. “I enjoyed meeting with her today, and I’m excited to continue to work with her to secure priorities at NASA Glenn and beyond.”
Last December, the president signed into law a spending package that included critical funding for NASA programs in Ohio, that Sen. Brown helped secure, including:
- $22.6 billion for NASA, including $784 million for aeronautics research. A portion of that funding will go to NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
- $1.4 billion for NASA’s Orion project. An Orion module is being tested at NASA Glenn’s Plum Brook Station in Sandusky.
In August, Brown visited NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland and toured the Small Multipurpose Research Facility in which NASA employees are conducting research on cryogenic fluid for NASA’s Artemis Program. Artemis is NASA’s effort to return American astronauts to the moon by 2024.
In September, Brown, along with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), formally introduced legislation to rename NASA’s Plum Brook Station, the agency’s test facility in Sandusky, Ohio, after Neil Armstrong. Portman and Brown announced their intention to rename the facility in July, in advance of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Plum Brook is part of the NASA Glenn Research Center. It houses unique world-class facilities that conduct critical and innovative ground tests for the international aerospace community. Brown visited Plum Brook Station in 2017 to tour the facility and learn about state-of-the-art testing done at the facility.