Dr. Ellen Stofan

Dr. Ellen Stofan

Chief Scientist
NASA
Keynote, What is the future we can see?

Dr. Ellen Stofan was appointed NASA chief scientist in August 2013, where she serves as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Prior to her appointment, Ellen was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Maryland and honorary professor in the department of Earth Sciences at University College, London. Her research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, and Earth. From 1991 through 2000, she held a number of senior scientist positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Ellen holds a master and doctoral degree in geological sciences from Brown University, and a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She has received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Ellen has authored and published numerous professional papers, books and book chapters, and has chaired committees including the National Research Council Inner Planets Panel for the recent Planetary Science Decadal Survey and the Venus Exploration Analysis Group. nasa.gov