Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa

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Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, Arizona State University - Dr. Wadhwa is the Director of the Center for Meteorite Studies (CMS) and Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. As director of CMS, Dr. Wadhwa oversees the curation of one of the largest university-based meteorite collections, as well as research and educational activities by CMS personnel. Dr. Wadhwa’s research group is best known for developing novel methodologies to investigate the time scales of processes in the early Solar System. Other research areas include understanding the abundance and origin of water and other volatiles on rocky bodies in the Solar System.

Dr. Wadhwa has been involved in a number of NASA planetary science missions, including as co-investigator on the Genesis mission and as collaborator on the Mars Science Laboratory mission. She was PI of a proposal for Sample Collection for the Investigation of Mars (SCIM) to the NASA Discovery program in 2010. She has taken part in expeditions of the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) Program, for which she received the Antarctica Service Medal. Dr. Wadhwa was a member of both the NASA Advisory Council’s Planetary Science Subcommittee (PSS) and Planetary Protection Subcommittee (PPS), and was Chair of the NASA Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM) analysis group. She has also served as a member of the NAS Space Studies Board (SSB) and SSB Executive Committee.

Dr. Wadhwa became a Fellow of The Explorers Club in 2012, The Wings WorldQuest in 2007 and the Meteoritical Society in 2006, where she currently serves as Vice President. She is a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Nier Prize. In recognition of her contributions to planetary science, Asteroid 8356 was named 8356 Wadhwa by the International Astronomical Union.

Dr. Wadhwa earned her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis.