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Ellen Stofan Speaker

Ellen Stofan

Washington D.C., USA

NASA's Chief Scientist (2013-2016)

Co-Chair, World Economic Space Council

Co-Author, "Planetology: Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System" (2008)

Ellen Stofan Speaker Profile:

Born in 1961, Ellen Stofan is the daughter of Andrew Stofan, a rocket engineer who worked for NASA in a number of roles including director of the NASA Lewis Research Center and associate administrator for NASA’s Space Station Office. Stofan acquired her Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the College of William & Mary in 1983 and went on to earn masters and doctorate degrees from Brown University. Her doctoral thesis, awarded in 1989, was titled “Geology of coronae and domal structures on Venus and models of their origin.”

Stofan’s research has focused primarily on the geology of Venus, Mars, Titan (a moon of Saturn), and Earth. She is an associate member of the Cassini Mission to Saturn Radar Team and a co-investigator on the Mars Express Mission’s MARSIS sounder. She has also been the principal investigator on the Titan Mare Explorer, a proposed mission for a floating lander to be sent to the Saturnian moon Titan. From 1991 through 2000, she held a number of senior scientist positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, including chief scientist for NASA’s New Millennium Program, deputy project scientist for the Magellan Mission to Venus, and experiment scientist for Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C (SIR-C), an instrument that provided radar images of Earth on two Space Shuttle flights in 1994. Stofan has written 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.

Her speaking topics include:

  • Mission to Mars
  • Existence of alien life in outer space
  • Technology used to study space


For availability and speaker fees, please contact Ellen Stofan’s speaking agent at Chartwell here, or call +1 972 385 1021 for U.S. inquiries or +44 207 293 0864 for international inquiries.

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