Elisa Quintana

Astrophysicist
NASA

Dr. Elisa Quintana is an astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she investigates Earth-like planets and multi-planetary systems using data from the Kepler telescope. Her research also includes creating computer models to study the formation, dynamical stability and habitability of rocky planets within and beyond our solar system. Raised in rural New Mexico, Dr. Quintana earned her Bachelor's in Physics from UC San Diego and PhD in Astronomy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has worked at SETI and NASA Ames before joining NASA Goddard. Dr. Quintana led the team that discovered Kepler-186f, the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star (i.e., “Earth 2.0”). Elisa is also on the TESS & WFIRST missions at NASA Goddard. She received the Lupe Ontiveros Dream Award in 2014 and was named Scientist of the Year in 2015 at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC).

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