Acting Deputy Program Manager, Space Launch System Program
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Dr. Sharon Cobb currently serves as Acting Deputy Program Manager of the Space Launch System (SLS) Program. SLS, with its unmatched capability to lift more mass and volume to the Moon, is a key enabler of Artemis, NASA’s program to return astronauts to the Moon. Prior to her role as Acting Deputy Program manager, Dr. Cobb served as manager of the Program Operations &Strategic Communications Office for the SLS Program, which is managed at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. She was responsible for formulating and executing cross-program strategic planning activities for the SLS Program Office including infrastructure management, life cycle review implementation, and strategic communications across the Marshall Center and the Exploration Systems Directorate. Prior to this role, Dr. Cobb served as the Assistant Program Manager for SLS, assisting in planning, directing, and coordinating the development of America’s deep-space rocket for human and scientific exploration. Previously, Dr. Cobb managed Marshall’s External Relations team in the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications. She also has served as a Congressional Fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives, was the Deputy Manager for Marshall’s New Projects and Partnerships Office, and worked as a senior research scientist. Dr. Cobb holds a B.S. and M.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.