Yvonne Pendleton, Director of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) at NASA Ames, Moffett Field, Calif., received the Silicon Valley Business Journal 2014 Women of Influence Award on Friday, April 4th, 2014.
The Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence award program shines the spotlight on local businesswomen, community leaders and philanthropists who are remaking Silicon Valley.
Dr. Yvonne Pendleton currently directs SSERVI, a virtual institute focused on solar system science and exploration with an operational budget of $13M per year. It is based on the principle articulated by the late Mike Wargo, chief scientist for human exploration, that “science enables exploration, and exploration enables science.”
From 2010-2013, she also served as the director of the NASA Lunar Science Institute, which was based on the successful business model of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI).
From 2007-2008 she oversaw 1.2 B in Research and analysis programs from NASA’s four science divisions (astrophysics, planetary science, helio physics and earth sciences), and led a team that managed the nearly 50 M investments in EPO activities, including those from NASA’s science missions.
Dr. Yvonne Pendleton has contributed significantly to our understanding of the origin and evolution of organic material in the universe. The International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 7165 Pendleton after her. Since joining NASA straight out of college in 1979, she has served in various other roles including senior advisor for research and analysis programs for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters.
Dr. Pendleton Profile
Education: Georgia Institute of Technology; Under NASA sponsored programs, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University (1981) and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1987).
Boards/volunteer work/awards/other accolades: Competitively Selected for Federal Government Senior Executive Service,2007-present; Elected Fellow, California Academy of Sciences, 2003 Asteroid 7165 Pendleton named officially by the International Astronomical Union, 1997; Volunteer at Hope’s Kitchen, Mountain View.
First job: NASA Ames Research Center in 1979 to present. They hired me straight out of Georgia Tech.
How did you get into your career? I was inspired by the Apollo program and fell in love with NASA at age 10.
When I’m not working, I’m … planning the next scuba diving adventure!
Biggest Whoops: Keeping people with negative attitudes in my life longer than they deserved to be there.
Something about you that would surprise others: I yearn to be a volunteer diver in the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Five-year goal: To finish the murder mystery novel I started over a decade ago.
Business mentor/hero: Elon Musk.
Best advice received: Don’t Settle.
Favorite gadget? Atomic Cobalt Dive computer.
Word that best describes you? Determined.
Favorite stress release: Yoga.
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Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff