As the former Chief Scientist of NASA, Stofan served as the principal advisor to the Administrator on science programs and strategic planning. She helped guide the development of a long- range plan to send humans to Mars, and on strategies for NASA to support commercial activity in low Earth orbit.
She held senior scientist positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including work on missions to Venus, Earth, Mars, and Saturn. She is currently on the science team of the NASA Dragonfly mission to Titan.
Stofan holds master’s and doctorate degrees in geological sciences from Brown University, and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William & Mary. Awards received include the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award. She serves on National Geographic Society’s Board of Trustees and the Presidential Committee on the National Medal of Science.
Ellen at the Air & Space Museum following the Capital’s winning the Stanley Cup!