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Andrea Donnellan

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
Principle Research Scientist

Expertise: spaceborne measurement of crustal deformation and modeling
About Me Publications
Andrea Donnellan is a principal research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is President of the American Geophysical Union’s Nonlinear Geophysics Focus Group and is the Principal Investigator of GeoGateway. Donnellan studies earthquakes and crustal deformation by integrating geodetic imaging data and computational infrastructure with modeling and analysis tools. Her current research focus is on analysis of UAVSAR observations in California. In 2012 QuakeSim (now GeoGateway) won NASA’s Software of the Year Award. Donnellan has been Deputy Manager of the JPL's Science Division, InSAR Pre-Project Scientist for studying natural hazards, ice sheets, and ecosystems, and NASA's 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 a geophysicist at JPL since 1993. Donnellan received a B.S. in geology from the Ohio State University in 1986, a master's and Ph.D. in geophysics from Caltech in 1988 and 1991 respectively, and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 2003. She held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Donnellan has received the Presidential Early Career Award, the MUSES of the California Science Center Woman of the Year Award, Women in Aerospace Award for Outstanding Achievement, JPL’s Lew Allen award, several NASA Space Act Awards, the Antarctic Service Medal, and has been a finalist in the astronaut selection process three times. Donnellan has a glacier in Antarctica named after her for her work on that continent.

SCEC Participation

SCEC Mentor (1996)