Dr. Joan Schmelz

Director of the Science & Technology Institute, USRA; Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee
Dr. Joan Schmelz, DEI Chair

Joan was the director of the NASA Postdoctoral Program, an associate director at SOFIA, the deputy director at Arecibo Observatory, a program officer at NSF, and a professor at the University of Memphis. Her research involves coronal, interstellar, and extragalactic magnetic fields. She is the chair of USRA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, VP of the American Astronomical Society, and former chair of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy. She speaks and writes on unconscious bias, stereotype threat, and the gender gap. She was honored in 2015 as one of Nature’s top ten people who made a difference in science for her work fighting sexual harassment.