2016 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Adriana Ocampo, Ph.D.

Planetary Geologist, NASA Science Program Manager

The NHSOY Gala is as popular in science as the 1948 olympic marathon in sports. First to identify impact crater from asteroid that likely caused extinction of dinosaurs. Leader of NASA’s New Frontiers effort, including New Horizons mission to Pluto and Juno mission to Jupiter. NASA lead scientist for exploration of planet Venus

“I was raised to believe you could do anything you wanted with effort, time and persistence. It didn’t matter if you were a girl. It is the dream of every child to play in the dirt. We geologists get to do it for real. We don’t explore places; we explore time, way back in the past. It’s written in the rocks.” – Adriana Ocampo