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Dr. Marc S. Allen, Deputy Associate Administrator for Research


Dr. Marc S. Allen

Marc S. Allen is Deputy Associate Administrator for Research within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. In this capacity, his primary responsibility is ensuring the quality and integrity of the Directorate’s research programs.  Other major functions include advising the Associate Administrator for Science on programmatic, technological, and risk issues pertaining to progress in science missions and research programs.  He exercises oversight over the Directorate’s flight mission proposal evaluation processes and the Directorate’s relationship with the National Research Council.  He is also responsible for coordination of Directorate suborbital research programs, their relationship with the Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Chief Technologist, and the Space Technology Mission Directorate, and NASA’s role in special projects of the Executive Office of the President such as expanding public access to the results of federally funded research.  He supervises the Directorate’s Education and Public Outreach programs and research grants solicitation and management processes. 

Before coming to NASA in late 1997, Dr. Allen served for seven years as Director of the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board. Previously, he held management positions at CTA Incorporated and Computer Sciences Corporation, working at NASA’s Langley Research Center and Goddard Space Flight Center in the areas of space systems analysis and applications software development. Holding a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Michigan, his first career was research in solar physics and stellar spectroscopy.