Executive Officer for the NASA Chief Scientist

Mayra first joined NASA as an Experiment Engineer at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, where she tested Space Shuttle payloads prior to space flight. Subsequently, she served for five years as a manager of the Life Sciences Small Payloads Program in the Life Sciences Division of the Office of Life and Microgravity Applications, at NASA Headquarters.

As Executive Officer to the NASA Chief Scientist, Mayra is responsible for coordinating Science Policy at the Agency. She works with representatives from the NASA research organizations to ensure that the NASA Science Policy is implemented as intended. For the past three years she has been working to develop research metrics for NASA, and in the past year she has represented the Agency at an interagency working group for this issue. She is also in charge of developing the NASA implementation to the Federal Policy on Research Misconduct. She works to ensure communication within the Agency research programs and between NASA other Federal Agencies

Mayra was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.


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