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Therese Jorgensen
Chief Scientist, NASA Small Spacecraft Virtual Institute

Dr. Therese Moretto Jorgensen recently joined NASA Ames Research Center as Chief Scientist for NASA’s Small Spacecraft Virtual Institute with the mission to advance the technology and applications of small spacecraft systems. Therese’s background includes conceiving and implementing the National Science Foundation’s CubeSat program, for which she won the NSF Director’s Award for Excellence in Program Management. That program has since been modeled at NASA and other agencies around the world as a standard of an effective management approach to CubeSat programs. It also has firmly established the scientific value of CubeSats by developing highly successful, creative, and innovative missions that carried out important science experiments. In recognition of extraordinary leadership and community service in the field of space science, particularly for her support of CubeSat technology, Therese was honored with AGU’s 2020 Waldo E. Smith award. Therese has a MS degree from Aarhus University, Denmark (1989) and a Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics from University of Oxford, U.K. (1993). She conducted space physics research at the Danish Meteorological Institute and the Danish Space Research Institute, both in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in the US, before joining the National Science Foundation in 2004. At NSF she led and was a program director in the Geospace Science Section focusing on space weather research. She was also the program manager for the NSF CubeSat program. In 2017 Therese joined the University of Bergen, Norway, as a Senior Scientist in the Department of Physics and Technology.

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