Susan Sakimoto

Research Scientist
South Bend, IN

Dr. Susan Sakimoto completed a B.A. in Geology from Whitman College, and an M.A. in Earth and Planetary Sciences and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Johns Hopkins University. She was a National Research Council Postdoc and Visiting Research Scientist (through USRA and UMBC) at NASA/Goddard Space flight Center for ten years.

Susan has 20+ years of research experience in terrestrial volcanology and planetary geophysics, particularly in terrestrial fieldwork and remote sensing, Mars laser altimetry mission work, and computational fluid dynamics modeling of volcanic, hydraulic, and impact processes. She combines 2-D and 3-D thermal and flow models with fieldwork to model any planetary process that flows on or near surfaces and changes the surface.

Susan's science education experience includes teaching physics at an inner city high school, planetary science at the Johns Hopkins' Master of Science in Education Program, and geophysics and civil engineering as a professor at Notre Dame.