Jason M. Soderblom
Research Scientist, MIT, Dept. of EAPS
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Ph.D.: 2007, Cornell Univ., Astronomy and Planetary Science
Dissertation: Properties of the Martian Soils Rocks and Atmosphere Dust Derived from Analysis of Hubble Space Telescope and Mars Exploration Rover Data.
Advisor: James F. Bell III

M.S.: 2006, Cornell Univ., Astronomy and Planetary Science
Advisor: James F. Bell III

B.S. with Honors: 2000, Univ. of Arizona, Engineering Physics
Honors Thesis: Characteristics and Seasonal Dependence of Dust Devils in the Southern Arabian Region of Mars.
Advisor: Peter H. Smith

Research Interests

  • Visible and near infrared observations of the Moon, Mars and Outer Planet satellites, in particular, Titan
  • Physical and photometric properties of planetary surfaces and atmospheres
  • Planetary surface composition, operative geologic processes, and evolutionary history
  • Analysis of data from imaging spectrometers and multispectral imaging systems
  • Design, development, and implementation of planetary exploration missions
  • Advanced technology in the definition and design of spacecraft instrumentation
  • Definition and development of visible and near infrared imagers and spectrometers

Professional Experience

  • 2011–present: Research Scientist, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
  • 2007–2011: Research Associate, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Univ. of Arizona
  • 2003–2007: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Astronomy, Cornell Univ.
  • 2002–2003: Teaching Assistant, Department of Astronomy, Cornell Univ.
  • 2001–2002: New York-NASA Space Grant Fellow, Cornell Univ.
  • 1999: Undergraduate Researcher, Champollion and Cassini Missions, JPL-NASA
  • 1998–2000: Undergraduate researcher, Department of Physics, Univ. of Arizona

Professional Activities

  • 2012–present: Participating Scientist on the Cassini Mission and Cassini VIMS Team
  • 2011–present: Affiliate of the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) Team
  • 2010–present: Associate of the Cassini Radar Science Team
  • 2009–present: VIMS Representative for the Cassini Cross Discipline Target Working Team
  • 2007–present: Associate of the Cassini VIMS Team
  • 2003–present: Science Collaborator, Mars Exploration Rovers, Athena Science Team
  • 2003–2007: Payload Downlink Lead, Mars Exploration Rovers, Pancam Instrument Team
  • 2002: Science Team Member, FIDO (Field Integrated Design and Operations) rover field test
  • 1999: Summer Internship, JPL-NASA, Champollion and Cassini Missions
  • 1997: Undergraduate Research Participant, Mars Pathfinder Mission

Academic Honors and Awards

  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MER Second Extended Mission, 2005
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MER Extended Mission, 2004
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MER Primary Mission, 2004
  • New York-NASA Space Grant Fellowship, Cornell Univ., 2001–2002
  • Magna Cum Laude, B.S. Engineering Physics, Univ. of Arizona, 2000
  • Outstanding Graduating Senior, Engineering Physics, Univ. of Arizona, 2000
  • Sigma Pi Sigma, National Physics Honors Society, 1999
  • George Gregson-Science, Physics Departmental Scholarship, Univ. of Arizona, 1999
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Mars Pathfinder mission, 1997
  • Dean’s list, Univ. of Arizona, 1997–2000
  • Arizona Regent Scholarship, Univ. of Arizona, 1996–2000
  • Valedictorian, Coconino High School, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1996

Professional Services

  • Member, NASA Lunar Exploration Analysis Group, 2011–present
  • Member, NASA Outer Planets Assessment Group, 2008–present
  • Member, NASA Mars Exploration Program Assessment Group, 2008–present
  • Science Definition Team Member, NASA Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) Study, 2008
  • Lead Contact for the High-Resolution Imager and Spectrometer, NASA TSSM Study, 2008
  • Panel member and external reviewer for numerous NASA Programs

Teaching Experience

  • Various guest lectures for undergraduate and graduate level courses
  • Teaching and Fieldtrip Assistant, Astro 577, "Planetary Surface Processes", Cornell Univ., Spring 2007
  • Teaching Assistant, Astro 102, "Our Solar System", Cornell Univ., Spring 2003
  • Teaching Assistant, Astro 310, "Planetary Image Processing", Cornell Univ., Fall 2002
  • Math Tutor, ranging from Basic Algebra to Advanced Calculus, 1996–2000
  • Lab Assistant, Math 137, "Calculus II", Northern Arizona Univ., Spring 1996

University Services

  • Founding Member, Astronomy Grads Network university club, Cornell Univ., 2006
  • Organizer, Planetary Lunch seminar series, Cornell Univ., 2004–2005

Lectures and Public Outreach

  • Numerous invited lectures at universities, science museums, amateur astronomy clubs, etc. related to the Moon, Mars, and Titan
  • NASA Mars Exploration Rover press conferences and televised lectures
  • New York State 4-H, Focus for Teens science outreach program, 2004–2006
  • MarsQuest, Science Museum of Virginia, 2004

Professional Affiliations

  • American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • The Planetary Society