Andrea Donnellan serves as a Geophysicist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a Research Professor at the University of Southern California. She studies earthquakes and crustal deformation by integrating satellite technology with high-performance computer models. She serves as a Principal Investigator of NASA QuakeSim Project, as well as Supercomputing, Earthquake Modeling, and UAVSAR Projects. Donnellan has also been serving as a Deputy Manager of the JPL Science Division, Pre-Project Scientist of a mission to study natural hazards, ice sheets, and ecosystems, and NASA Applied Sciences Program Area Co-Lead for Natural Disasters. She has conducted field studies in California, in Antarctica, on the Altiplano of Bolivia, in Mongolia, and on Variegated Glacier in Alaska. She has been working as a Geophysicist at JPL since 1993. She received a B.S. degree from the Ohio State University in 1986, with a geology major and mathematics minor. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from Caltech Seismological Laboratory in 1988 and 1991, respectively, and held a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She received an M.S. degree in computer science from the University of Southern California in 2003. She was a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award, the MUSES of the California Science Center Woman of the Year Award, a NASA Group Achievement Award, four NASA Space Act Awards, the Antarctic Service Medal, and was a finalist in the astronaut selection process three times.
Biography Updated on 24 January 2012