EAS faculty member Britney Schmidt has been named to the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society
Britney E. Schmidt, an assistant professor in the College of Sciences’ School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, has been named to the Board of Directors of The Planetary Society. The world’s largest nonprofit space interest organization announced Schmidt’s appointment on June 21, 2016, together with that of actor Robert Picardo.
“Britney Schmidt's expertise as a scientist and her passion as an advocate will add new force to our space policy efforts to secure a robust future for space exploration,” says Heidi Hammel, vice president of the Board. “Her work on Europa and other research will advance our goals to explore other worlds and seek answers to questions about other life in the cosmos.”
“I am thrilled to be joining the Board of The Planetary Society,” Schmidt says. “This is a particularly exciting time, as the world moves toward a technology and space-based economy, The Planetary Society and its members are poised to make a huge impact on the direction that space science and technology takes in the coming few decades. I can't think of a better way to help ensure the future of solar system exploration.”
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Dr. Britney Schmidt, Assistant Professor, received a BS in Physics from University of Arizona and PhD in Geophysics and Space physics from UCLA. Her area of expertise is planetary ices and the early solar system. She is keenly interested in the habitability of icy worlds to search for life beyond Earth. A veteran of Antarctic fieldwork, she studies Earth’s ice shelves and glaciers to capture the impacts of changing climate and explore analogs for Europa. Britney played a central role in developing several mission concepts, including the recently selected Europa Multiple Flyby mission where she is Co-I on the REASON radar team. She is an associate of the Dawn Framing Camera team. She is PI of Sub-Ice Marine and Planetary Analog Ecosystems (SIMPLE), a $5M NASA program studying the McMurdo Ice Shelf using remote sensing and underwater vehicles. She leads the Georgia Tech built Icefin AUV for under ice exploration.