Nettie La Belle-Hamer

University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

A lifelong Alaskan, Nettie La Belle-Hamer received her Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, and both her Master’s and her Ph.D. in space physics at the UAF in 1988 and 1994, respectively.  Dr. Nettie La Belle-Hamer is the UAF’s Geophysical Institute Deputy Director, and Director of the Alaska Satellite Facility.  Dr. La Belle-Hamer is leading the UAF collaboration efforts with Sandia National Labs and private industry partners, bringing together many disparate discipline experts at UAF and across academia, industry, and governments.  As UAF’s lead in forming the Arctic GeoData Cooperative, she is working to bring together commercial, educational, and governmental partners to produce, enhance and maintain authoritative, dynamic, geospatial information for the Arctic.  In 1995, Dr. La Belle‑Hamer became involved with the Alaska Satellite Facility as a contractor working on the NASA development of a distributed Earth science data system.  She became the Science Center Manager at ASF in 2000 before taking on the Directorship of the Facility.  Under her direction since 2002, ASF has grown into a strong program with a bright future in remote-sensing data access.

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