Dr. Aaron J. Piña is a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at NASA Headquarters. He works as a Deputy Program Scientist in the Science Mission Directorate, Earth Science Division to support the Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics Focus Area in weather research, data, and technology. Aaron’s portfolio includes NASA weather strategy implementation, program management support, interagency/international collaborations, and field campaign coordination and planning.
Aaron is the Chair of the American Meteorological Society’s Board on Women and Minorities, which advocates for underrepresented groups— LGBTQ, women, culture and ethnic minorities, differently-abled, first-generation—in the atmospheric and hydrologic sciences. As he is new to NASA (4 months), Aaron has started identifying diversity and inclusion initiatives to contribute to at NASA and across the federal weather enterprise (NOAA, DoD, DoE, etc.).
Aaron earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, his M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University, and his Ph.D. in Ecology from Colorado State University. His professional interests include connecting science with policy, diversity and inclusion, numerical weather prediction, data management and accessibility, and high performance computing.