Dr. Hashima Hasan

Dr. Hashima Hasan

Hashima Hasan is the NASA Program Scientist for the Nuclear Spectroscopic Array (NuSTAR), Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE), the Keck Observatory and Astrophysics Data Curation and Archival Research (ADCAR) program, and is Deputy Program Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope. She serves as the Education and Communication Lead for Astrophysics and as the Executive Secretary of the Astrophysics Advisory Committee.

In her role as Program Scientist, she makes sure that each project’s mission remains possible and true to NASA strategic objectives. Hasan has been the program scientist for many other NASA missions, such as the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, Gravity and Extreme Magnetism SMEX (GEMS), Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, Hubble Space Telescope, Explorer Program. From 2001-2006, Hasan also served as the Lead for Astronomy and Physics Research and Analysis programs.

Hasan received a doctorate from the University from Oxford, U.K., in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. Till 1985 Dr. Hasan conducted post-doctoral research and held teaching positions in the areas of Theoretical Nuclear Physics, and in Environmental Science. She was the Optical Telescope Assembly Scientist at Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, until 1994, when she joined NASA Headquarters. She also attended Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows Program; and the Federal Executive Institute (Leadership for a Democratic Society). She received certification for the Senior Executive Service in 2004.

Hasan has published articles in various peer reviewed journals, such as the Astrophysical Journal, Icarus, and Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. She has been honored with prestigious awards and fellowships throughout her outstanding career, including the NASA HQ Exceptional Performance Award in 2008, the National Research Council Resident Research Associate from 1981-1983, Commonwealth Fellowship from 1973-1976 and received a gold medal for Physics and merit award as a student.

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