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Colleen Hartman, Board Director, Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board


On August 6, 2018 Colleen Hartman joined the Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as the Director for the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.


Colleen’s career experience is perfectly suited to her new role here at the Academies. She has served in various senior positions in government, including as Deputy Associate Administrator at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and as Deputy Assistant Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and most recently as Director of Sciences and Exploration at the Goddard Space Flight Center. She has had instrumental role in developing innovative approaches to powering space probes destined for the farthest reaches of the solar system, including in-space propulsion and nuclear power and propulsion. Colleen earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., a master's in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in physics from the Catholic University of America in Washington.


Colleen began her career as a Presidential Management Intern under Ronald Reagan. She has received numerous awards including two Presidential Rank Awards, the NASA Outstanding Performance Award, and the Claire Booth Luce Fellowship in Science and Engineering.