Leslie Greenbauer-Seng received a B.S. in Chemistry in 1976 from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and an M.S. in Analytical Chemistry in 1978 from Michigan State University located in East Lansing, Michigan. She began her career at NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio in 1979.
During her career at NASA, she developed analyses techniques to more accurately determine the compositions and concentrations of trace elements in alternative aircraft fuels. As a part of this effort she conceived and led a major statistical-designed interlaboratory study, which established the level of precision and accuracy which could be expected from trace metal analyses in alternative fuels.
From 1981 through 1984 she managed the Chemical Characterization Laboratories, which provided the quantitative analysis of selected element concentrations in metal and ceramic research materials. In addition, Ms. Greenbauer-Seng established and managed the Agency’s ground-based NASA Glenn Microgravity Material Science Laboratory, from 1983 through 1986, designed for use by principal investigators developing their ideas and experiments in preparation to fly aboard the Space Shuttle. The laboratory complex provided computational, processing and testing capabilities designed to closely match the materials research equipment flown on-board the Space Shuttle. The laboratory was.
In late 1986, Ms. Greenbauer-Seng joined the Environmental Durability Branch, with supervisory responsibility as the Deputy Branch Chief and in 1991 she became the Branch Chief responsible for the experimental and computational research studies to assess the high temperature behavior, environmental durability and life, and development of advanced protective coatings for structural and functional research materials being developed for aerospace and power systems applications.
She played a key planning role in the High Speed Research – Enabling Propulsion Materials planning activities, bringing to fruition one of the major roles for the Materials Division involving computational thermodynamics, experimental kinetics, determining/ predicting the durability of research combustor materials in combustion environments and advanced high-temperature coatings. She continued to manage the research and strategic directions within the branch until April 2007.
In 2004/2005, Ms. Greenbauer-Seng was selected by the Center Director to serve in a detail position as the co-lead of an Agency-wide cultural change initiative at Glenn. The innovative program which was developed and implemented became an Agency-wide model and source of several key cultural change processes and tools. In 2005/2006 Ms. Greenbauer-Seng was again selected to serve in a four-month detail position as the Deputy Chief of the newly-formed Materials and Structures Division, while also continuing her Branch management duties.
As NASA Glenn began building their capabilities in space flight mission activities for the Agency, Ms. Greenbauer-Seng began a transition into the Research & Technology Directorate’s Communications Division in April 2007, and was named as the Deputy Chief of this Division in June 2007. During the following year the Communications Division merged with another research organization, forming the Communications, Instrumentation and Controls Division, in which Ms. Greenbauer-Seng is currently serving as the Deputy Division Chief for Communications. The Communications’ research and development activities which she manages is currently engaged in technology development in the areas of advanced antennas, power amplifiers, software-defined radios and network development for both space and aeronautics applications.