The top scientist at NASA will speak at Meredith College’s commencement in May, the college announced Monday.
Ellen Stofan has been NASA Chief Scientist since 2013 and serves as the principal adviser to Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency’s science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments. Stofan had previously spent 9 years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and her research has focused on the geology of Earth, Venus, Mars and Saturn’s moon Titan.
Stofan, 54, was born and raised in northern Ohio, where her father was a research engineer at what is now NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center. She has a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and master’s and doctorate degrees in geological sciences from Brown University.
Meredith’s commencement will be the evening of May 7 in Dorton Arena.