National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Anita D. Liang
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Anita D. Liang serves as Deputy Director of the Facilities and Test Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2002, and her government career spans 18 years.
In her current capacity, Liang assists the Facilities and Test Director with planning, organizing, coordinating, and evaluating new work for the directorate. She directs the management of Glenn's test facility operation, including flight assets, at Lewis Field. She also oversees the maintenance and assessment of facilities, infrastructure, and test and evaluation technical services in support of the center's research and development programs and business activities.
In her former position as Associate Director for Aeronautics, Liang was the center's point of contact for developing the overall Aeronautics program strategy and providing guidance and direction on program implementation and execution and on external partnerships with the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and other NASA aeronautics centers. She also served as Chief of the Aeropropulsion Project Office and as Glenn's focal point for the integration and coordination of all aerospace fuel cell efforts. She served on the board of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition in 2004 and on the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy Hydrogen Task Force from 2003 to 2006.
An integral part of Glenn's aeronautics management team since 1994, Liang was a technology integration manager for the Advanced Subsonic Technology Program and was selected as the Deputy Chief of the Subsonic Systems Office in 1997. Her efforts led to the formation of the Ultra Efficient Engine Technology Program.
Liang joined Glenn in 1989 as the Earth-to-Orbit Program Manager. She coordinated Glenn's technology development for space shuttle main engine improvement across 10 technology working groups and three major thrust areas.
Liang began her professional career at Babcock and Wilcox in 1981 as a research and project engineer. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She has received several NASA honors including the Leadership Medal, the Medal for Exceptional Achievement and the Space Flight Awareness Award.