Director of New Ventures and Communications Directorate
Ames Research Center

Gary Martin

Mr. Gary L. Martin is the Director of the New Ventures and Communications Directorate at Ames Research Center. In this position, he oversees new business opportunities for the Center, entrepreneurial partnerships, education, strategic communications, and facilitates the development of the Center’s long-term strategy.

Mr. Martin has been a civil servant at NASA for 20 years and has worked at Langley Research Center, NASA Headquarters and Goddard Space Flight Center before coming to Ames. He has worked primarily in the science mission and human spaceflight areas, usually in program management for advanced technology and strategic planning. In 2002, he was named as NASA’s first Space Architect, leading strategic planning for the Agency and providing the analysis that was used to develop the Vision for Exploration. For this work he was awarded NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2005. From 2005-2007 Mr. Martin was on a NASA Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment as the Director of the Space Studies Program at the International Space University.

Mr. Martin holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering/Astronautical Engineering from George Washington University, and dual Bachelors degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University and Bachelors in Anthropology from Colorado State University.