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Jordan Evans
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Jordan Evans Jordan Evans currently manages the Mechanical Systems Division of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Prior to this role, Mr. Evans was the Engineering Development and Operations Manager for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) “Curiosity” rover project. Since 2006, Mr. Evans has led the MSL team through the challenges of Curiosity's design, development, testing and operations on the surface of Mars. His past projects and experience encompass a wide array of aerospace topics including the B-2 Stealth Bomber, Hubble Space Telescope, and a space-based Gravitational Wave Detector. Publications from Mr. Evans include papers on bonded joints, compensation for "self-gravity," systems engineering challenges, managing critical tests, and cleaning of instruments for detection of organics on Mars.

Rudo Kashiri
NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Rudo Kashiri Rudo began her career at NASA Langley Research Center in 2004 as an Aerospace Education Specialist and transitioned to her current position of NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator in 2007. Rudo is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence Science and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University and a Master of Science degree in Science in Education from Georgia State University. Prior to joining NASA, she taught Physical science, Earth science and Biology for 10 years, and worked as a Physicist at Fernbank Science Center for 13 years. In 2007, Rudo published an article on Professional Development Workshops in Science Education for Teacher Capacity Building in the Electronic Journal of Literacy through Science.

Dr. Sarah Noble
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Dr. Sarah Noble Sarah Noble graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1998 with a B.S. in Geology (and minors in Political Science and Studio Arts) and received her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Brown University in 2004. Her thesis title was “Turning Rock Into Regolith: The Physical and Optical Consequences of Space Weathering in the Inner Solar System.” She then spent a year and a half working for the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science as the GSA/USGS Congressional Science Fellow. Following that little adventure, Dr. Noble moved to Houston where she spent two years as a NASA postdoc at Johnson Space Center. She then returned to DC where she spent the third year of her NASA postdoc at NASA HQs. After completing that fellowship, Dr. Noble worked briefly at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama where she was the project scientist for the Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project. Continuing her tour of NASA centers, in 2010 Dr. Noble came to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she currently splits her time between lunar research at Goddard and as a program officer in the Planetary Sciences Division at NASA HQ.

Marti Phipps
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Marti Phipps Marti began her career as a NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist in 2011. Before beginning her career with NASA, she taught elementary and middle school science and engineering in the classroom for 22 years, receiving various awards for her contributions. She was instrumental in bringing NASA to her school in 2006 where she served as team lead for five years. During that time she worked with students and teachers on two reduced gravity projects that flew on the Weightless Wonder in Houston, Texas. Under her guidance, engineering students designed and built an enclosed ecosystem that included both plant and biotic life and worked on a special project in conjunction with Ames Research Center using permeable membranes. Marti earned her B.A. Degree in Education from California State University, Bakersfield and her M.A. Degree in Science, Math and Technology from Fresno Pacific University.

Rachel Power
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL
Rachel Power Rachel is a NASA Explorer Schools and Digital Learning Network Coordinator at Kennedy Space Center. Rachel earned her B.S. and M.S. Degrees in Mathematics Education from Florida Institute of Technology. She taught high school mathematics and physics for nine years before working with NASA’s Launch Services Program Outreach in the summer of 2008. Rachel became a member of NASA’s Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers in 2004 and hopes to one day make the astronaut corps.

Jordan Snyder
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Jordan Snyder Jordan began as the NASA Explorer School Coordinator at the Goddard Space Flight Center in December of 2010. Jordan earned his undergraduate degree at Alfred University in elementary education with a concentration in mathematics. He began his education career in 2007 at Eastway Middle School in Charlotte, NC, where he taught sixth grade math and received recognition for advanced use of technology in the classroom and high student achievement on standardized testing. While working there, Jordan was chosen to lead and implement professional development sessions on the introduction of algebraic concepts to 6th graders.

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