Inventors are inspirational. Olga D. Gonzalez-Sanabria is an inventor, scientist, and executive. She is the Director of the Engineering and Technical Services at NASA Glenn Research Center. She was key to the development of “Long Cycle-Life Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries”. This is used to enable the power system of the International Space System.
Olga was born and raised in Patillas, Puerto Rico. After her primary and secondary education, she attended the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. She earned her Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. She moved to Ohio to next attend the University of Toledo. She earned her Master’s degree in chemical engineering. In 1979, she began working at NASA as chief of its Glenn Research Center’s Plans and Programs Office and executive officer to the Center’s Director. She has also worked as Director of the Systems Management Office and on the implementation of Glenn’s Business Management System. In 2002, she was appointed to Senior Rank and was named director of the Systems Management Office. The U.S. government’s Senior Executive Service also named her a member. She and her husband, Rafael Sanabria, are known as “NASA Glenn’s Dynamic Duo”. She holds a patent and has authored or co-authored over 30 technical reports and presentations.
She has multiple awards. The R&D 100 Award, The NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal are among her awards. She was recognized with induction into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame as well.
Olga has two daughters with her husband Rafael. They live in Strongsville, Ohio. She mentors underrepresented student groups. She gives them opportunities to gain meaningful experiences. She mentors professionals as well. Be inspired! Have a bright day!