Colleen N Hartman, PhD

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Colleen N Hartman
George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW Ste 403
Washington, DC 20052

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Colleen Hartman is Research Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. Hartman, an award-winning astrophysicist, engineer, and senior program manager, is on loan to GWU from NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, Dr. Hartman has been the Senior Advisor for the NASA Science Mission Directorate. Between 2005 and 2008 she served as Deputy Associate Administrator for the NASA Science Mission Directorate. In that role she provided science advice to the Administrator and helped run programs that included earth observing platforms, balloon investigations, deep space planetary missions, and the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes. Previously, Dr. Hartman oversaw operations ranging from collecting space-based weather and climate data to managing global scientific databases as Deputy Assistant Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Prior to her NOAA position, Dr. Hartman's duties included responsibilities for NASA's solar system science investigations and planetary missions, including scientific endeavors for NASA's nuclear-powered missions. Dr. Hartman was instrumental in obtaining approval for exploring a number of innovative approaches to space flight, including in-space propulsion. She was instrumental in spearheading the process leading to the New Horizons mission to Pluto as well as gaining OMB and Congressional approval for a new class of outer planets missions called "New Frontiers." After beginning her government career as a Presidential Management Intern, Dr. Hartman worked on Capitol Hill, as an engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center, and as a senior policy analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she identified and addressed major budgetary inefficiencies and helped write a Presidential Decision Directive. Dr. Hartman has launched balloons from Palestine, Texas, worked on robotic tele-operation and machine vision, and served as Program Manager for many NASA missions, the most successful of which was the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE). Data from the COBE spacecraft gained two NASA-sponsored scientists the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006. Dr. Hartman's awards include the most prestigious award given to civil servants, the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Senior Executive, as well as multiple other awards such as the NASA Outstanding Performance Award, the Claire Booth Luce Fellowship in Science and Engineering and the Hugh L. Dryden Memorial Space Club Award. Dr. Hartman has a bachelor's degree in zoology from Pomona College, Claremont, California, a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, a master's degree in physics, and a doctoral degree in physics from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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