Langley Research Center

Intellectual Property and Licensing Lead

Marisol García joined the Agency’s technology transfer program in 1994. She leads the Center’s Intellectual Asset Management Team in the innovation institute, which is responsible for creating Langley’s intellectual property strategy and for driving initiatives to increase technology transfer opportunities in support of national priorities and NASA’s Mission. As team lead, she has streamlined the invention assessment process, improved communications with researchers, and is increasing the visibility of Langley’s contributions to society. Ms. García is also responsible for negotiating agreements for a broad spectrum of NASA-developed technologies. In 2005, she negotiated the largest royalty in the Agency’s history.

Prior to her lead position, Ms. García served as a Technology Commercialization Project Manager (TCPM) for ten years. As a TCPM, she was responsible for determining the technical merit and feasibility of a project, commercial assessment of technology, recommendation for patenting, developing the marketing strategy, and licensing or other transfer of NASA-developed technologies to industry for maximum return on investment and/or improving quality of life. Ms. García has received numerous technology transfer awards including Langley’s prestigious Paul F. Holloway Non-Aerospace Technology Transfer Award. She has presented on the Agency’s technology transfer program in domestic and international conferences.

Ms. García began her career at NASA in 1991serving as an Electronics Design Engineer in the Spaceflight Electronics Branch of the Flight Electronic Division. She was responsible for the design and development of state-of-the-art electronics and sensor systems for LaRC flight atmospheric research instruments. Ms. Garcia’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Zoology, George Washington University, 1984; a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, 1991; and a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Old Dominion University, 1994.

Ms. García was born and raised in Washington, DC. Her parents emigrated from Mexico to the Washington area where her father practiced law for over 50 years serving the Hispanic community. Today, Ms. García embraces her heritage and continues serving the Hispanic community as a member of the Hispanic Ministry at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.


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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