Andrea Donnellan
Andrea Donnellan, PhD is a principal research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Donnellan is Principal Investigator of NASA’s GeoGateway project, editor of the American Geophysical Union’s Earth and Space Science Journal, and was President of the American Geophysical Union’s Nonlinear Geophysics Section. Donnellan has been Deputy Manager of JPL's 400+ member Science Division, InSAR Pre-Project Scientist for studying natural hazards, ice sheets, and ecosystems, and was NASA's Applied Sciences Program Area Co-Lead for Natural Disasters from 2008–2010. Donnellan teaches Introduction to Geodetic Imaging as a lecturer at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona. From 1998–2015 she was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Research in Earth Sciences at the University of Southern California and she was a Visiting Associate at Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory from 1995–1996. In addition to conducting field studies in California (1986–present), Antarctica (1983–2001), and Alaska (1985), Donnellan has done field work on the Altiplano of Bolivia (1993) and in Mongolia (1996). She has been a geophysicist at JPL since 1993. Donnellan has degrees in Geology (BS The Ohio State University, 1986), Geophysics (MS and PhD Caltech 1988 and 1991), and Computer Science (MS University of Southern California, 2003). She held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center from 1991–1993. Donnellan has received NASA’s Software of the Year Award for QuakeSim (2012) the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (1996), the MUSES of the California Science Center Woman of the Year Award, (2006) Women in Aerospace Award for Outstanding Achievement (2003), JPL’s Lew Allen Award for Excellence (2000), several NASA Space Act Awards, the Antarctic Service Medal, and has been a finalist in the astronaut selection process three times. The Donnellan Glacier in Antarctica was named by Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names in 2006 for her work on the Antarctic continent. Dr. Donnellan is a commercial instrument rated land and sea plane pilot with about 500 hours of flight experience and is a NASA and FAA small UAS pilot. She has flown in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Africa. She is a certified scuba diver with dives off California, Hawaii, Palau, Australia and the Caribbean. Andrea Donnellan is a member of the American Geophysical Union, Seismological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a Senior member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and a Fellow National of The Explorers Club.