France Córdova

National Science Foundation

France A. Córdova is the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Córdova leads the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Córdova has a distinguished resume, including: chair of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents; president emerita of Purdue University; chancellor of the University of California, Riverside; vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Santa Barbara; NASA’s chief scientist; head of the astronomy and astrophysics department at Penn State; and deputy group leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D in physics from the California Institute of Technology.

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