ADRIANA C. OCAMPO URIA
NASA HQ Science Mission Directorate,
Ms. Ocampo Uria, as the NASA
HQ Program Executive for the Science Mission Directorate,
is responsible for the Juno mission to Jupiter and NASA collaboration
in European Space Agency's (ESA) Venus Express mission.
In 1998 to 2002, she worked
in the Office of Space Science and the Office of External
Relations as a Program Executive for Space Science missions
with international collaboration (i.e. ESA, IKI, ISAS, CONAE,
etc), among which included missions with the European Space
Agency (ESA), Russia, Japan and Argentina. As a Program Executive
she was responsible for the development, integration, implementation
and budget for these missions (i.e. CLUSTER, XMM, INTEGRAL,
ASTRO-E MAP, SWIFT). She was also the Russian (and all the
former Soviet Union independent countries), Spain, Portugal
and Latin America desk officer for NASA's Office of External
Relations. During her tenure at NASA Headquarters she also
worked in the Office of Earth Science in the Solid Earth and
Natural Hazards Division.
Previously to working at NASA
HQ, Ms. Ocampo was a research scientist at the California
Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Caltech/JPL),
where she had worked since 1973. In 2005 she was the Investigation
Scientist for the Mars Odyssey Gamma Ray Spectrometer/High
Energy Neutron Detector/MARIE and also worked for the Mars
Program Science Division and the Solid Earth and Natural Program.
From 2002 to 2004 she was a senior research staff member at
the European Space Agency (ESA), conducting research in comparative
planetology of Solar System bodies. She was a member of the
Mars Express Project Scientist Team developing and implementing
the payload-commissioning plan. She also acted as the deputy
project scientist for Venus Express, developing science operation
architecture and an educational outreach plan.
Ms. Ocampos has been &/or currently
is a member of various prestigious organizations.
- She has
served on the U.S. Society
of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) National Board
of Directors for five years, first as national secretary and
then two consecutive terms as the national vice-president.
- She has also served as Chair of SHPE's
International Affairs Committee, which establishes technical
programs of cooperation and university student exchange programs
between the US and Mexico.
- She is a member of The
Planetary Society Advisory Council, a worldwide non-profit
organization, which aims to disseminate the latest scientific
results and excitement in planetary exploration to the general
- She is a member of the Association
of Women in Geosciences (AWG), the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and
of Women Engineers (SWE) where she is a strong supporter
of the "shadow program" (which is a mentoring program for
young girls), and many other professional organizations.
Ms. Ocampos has received numerous
awards and recognitions. Here's just a few:
- In 2004 she was appointed Senior Adviser for the UNESCO-IUGS
International Earth Year (2005-2007) an Earth science for
- In 2004, she was awarded the 2004 Outstanding Alumni from
the California Community College League.
- In 2004, she was selected for the Pat McCormick Educational
Foundation "Stan Tall Award" awarded to a person who has gone
above and beyond expectations.
- In 2003, she was selected among the 50 most important women
in science by Discovery Magazine.
- In 2003 she was awarded the Colombian Orquidea Award in
- In 2003 she was selected by the US Academy of Science to
participate in a biographical series for children featuring
women in science. She is among 27 women scientists selected
for this educational non-profit program.
- In 2002 she was featured at the award winning Educational
Series Women in Science in the module "Space Geologist" (http://wonderwise.unl.edu).
She helped developed this educational and mentoring educational
module to promote science. Wonderwise is an award wining series
funded from a grant from the US National Science Foundation.
- In 2001, she awarded by ESA for making outstanding contributions
to the CLUSTERII Mission.
- In 1997, she received a science and technology award from
the Chicano Federation for her contribution to science.
- In 1992, she was awarded the Woman of the Year Award in
Science by "Comision Femenil" of Los Angeles.
- She has been featured in the "Latino Pride Calendar," and
several books including "Science Interactions", "Paramount
Publishing Education", and "Women of Hope/Latinas Abriendo
Camino" (video and poster) which are all mentoring publications.
Ms. Ocampo completed her Bachelor
of Science degree at California State University of Los Angeles,
USA in Geology with an emphasis in Planetary Science. She
completed her Master of Science in Geology at California State
University Northridge, USA with a thesis on the Chicxulub
impact crater in Mexico. The Chicxulub crater was the major
factor that caused a mass extinction 65 million years ago
on our planet. She is currently enrolled in Vrije Universiteit
in The Netherlands completing her PhD work. She is currently
a student pilot and has applied to become a Space Shuttle
mission specialist with NASA