#WOTW: Adriana Ocampo

Meet Adriana Ocampo a planetary Geologist at Nasa. Ocampo was born in Colombia, but was raised in Argentia and eventually moved to the United States at the age of 14. Ocampo earned her Bachelor of Science in Geology from California State University. She then earned her Masters of Science in Planetary Geology from California State University, Northridge. She completed her Ph.D. at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She earned both degrees while working full-time at Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a research scientist. Ocampo is mainly known for her research that led to the discovery of the Chicxulub impact crater. Which is the crater that led to the extinction of more than 50% of the Earth’s species, including the dinosaurs. Ocampo received the Woman of the Year Award in Science from the Comisión Femenil in Los Angeles in 1992. She also received the Advisory Council for Women Award at JPL in 1996 and the Science and Technology Award from the Chicano Federation in 1997. In 2002, Ocampo was named one of the 50 Most Important Women in Science by Discover Magazine. She also has an asteroid name after her due to her contributions to space exploration. Ocampo is a prime example of what women can achieve in the field of science. We are proud to have her be a part of this segment, and this is why she is our “Woman of the Week”.

“You Need Perseverance to realize your dreams”

-Adriana Ocampo

 

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