How Collaboration Led Me to a NASA Space Mission
November 2, 2023, 1 pm ET, Thursday ONLINE
Sometimes people think scientists always knew what they wanted to do, and went straight at it from the age of five. Lindy Elkins-Tanton’s path was far curvier, with as many downs as ups, on her way to leading a robotic NASA mission to a metal asteroid. Maybe it's clearer in hindsight than it was moving forward, but she now sees how her wish to work in teams where every person can succeed has driven most of her career choices. Elkins-Tanton will talk about her path from single mother to scientific leader, and she’ll work with participants to define the values that are foundational for leadership in any area.
Lindy Elkins-Tanton is a planetary scientist, the Principal Investigator of the NASA Psyche mission, and Arizona State University Vice President of the Interplanetary Initiative. Her research concerns the formation and subsequent evolution of rocky planets, and processes of education for the future of society. She has led four field expeditions in Siberia. Asteroid (8252) Elkins-Tanton is named for her, as is the mineral elkinstantonite. In 2018 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and in 2021 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Elkins-Tanton received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from MIT.