Dr. Yaireska M Collado-Vega

Dr. Yaireska M Collado-Vega

  • AST, PHYSICAL SCIENCE TECHNICAL MGMT
  • 301.286.2011
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 674
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Education

    • B.S. Theoretical Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PR, 1999-2003
    • M.S. Theoretical Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PR, 2004-2007
    • M.S. Physics, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 2007-2010
    • Ph.D. Space Physics, (Honors) The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 2007-Jan 2013

    Positions/Employment

    5/2013 - Present

    Physical Scientist

    NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

    Collado-Vega is currently a Space Weather senior forecaster and an E/PO specialist within the CCMC/SWRC. She is also studying and identifying Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability boundary waves and Flux Transfer Events at the Earth’s magnetopause boundary using MHD models and satellite observations.  She is also part of the development of a Soft X-Ray Magnetosphere Imager inter-divisional team at GSFC.  She is also interested in ultra low frequency waves (Pc5) and electromagnetic ion cyclotron waves (EMIC) in the inner magnetosphere.

    8/2004 - 5/2013

    Graduate Student Trainee

    NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD  Collado-Vega was part of the Graduate Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) at GSFC doing research on magnetospheric Physics, specially Kelvin-Helmholtz instability and Flux Transfer Events.

    Teaching Experience

    • August 2012 to May 2013 – Physics Adjunct Professor at Stevenson University, School of the Sciences.
    • August 2004 to May 2013-Graduate Student Trainee at NASA GSFC, Geospace Physics Laboratory, code 673.
    •August 2007 to May 2009- Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Catholic University of America-Physics Department
    • January 2004 to May 2007- Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PR.-Physics Department

    Professional Societies

    New and Developing Professionals (NDP) Advisory Committee at GSFC, 2011 - Present
    600 Rep (2011-2013); Co-Chair (2013-2015); 600 Rep (2015-present)
    Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Science and Exploration Directorate at GSFC, 2012 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 2004 - Present
    Latin American Association for Space Geophysics (ALAGE), 2010 - Present
    National Society of Hispanics Physicists, 2012 - Present
    Sigma Pi Sigma, 2007 - Present
    Society of Physics Students, 1999 - Present

    Awards

    • NASA Robert H. Goddard Award (Individual Customer Service), 2016
    • Heliophysics Science Division Peer Award, 2016
    • NASA Robert H. Goddard Award (Exceptional Achievement for Science Team), 2016
    • NASA Group Achievement Award, 2016
    • Special Act Award by the AETD Directorate, 2016
    • NASA Robert H. Goddard Award (Customer Service Team) , 2015
    • Heliophysics Science Division Peer Award at GSFC, 2012
    • NASA GSFC NDP Advisory Committee Spearhead of the Year Award, 2012.
    • Special Act Award by the Heliophysics Science Division at GSFC, 2012
    • Special Act Award by the Heliophysics Science Division at GSFC, 2010
    • NASA Group Achievement Award in Education, 2010
    • Performance Award by the Heliophysics Science Division at GSFC, 2007
    • Best UPRM’s Co-op Student Award Nomination, 2006
    • Hispanic College Fund-National Hispanic Explorers Scholarship 2003
    • Student Prominent Award from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, 2003
    • Student Honor Recognition Awards at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 2001-2003

    Grants

    09/28/2016 NASA GSFC Science Innovation Fund, NASA GSFC

    Synergy between DNB observations and Sun-Magnetosphere-Ionosphere coupling during geomagnetic storms
     

    ; Co-I
    09/25/2015 Heliophysics Education Consortium, NASA

    Heliophysics Education Consortium; Through the Eyes of NASA to the Heart and Minds of the Nation

    ; Co-I, Space Weather Lead
    09/28/2015 NASA GSFC Science Innovation Fund, NASA GSFC

    Detection and Characterization of Vortices in Earth's Magnetosphere

    ; Co-I
    04/30/2015 NASA GSFC Mini-Science Innovation Fund selection, NASA GSFC

    Data-mining for Vortices in Earth’s Magnetosphere
     

    ; Co-I

    Publications

    Refereed

    Walsh, B. M., M. R. Collier, K. D. Kuntz, et al. F. S. Porter, D. G. Sibeck, S. L. Snowden, J. A. Carter, Y. Collado-Vega, H. K. Connor, T. E. Cravens, A. M. Read, S. Sembay, and N. E. Thomas. 2016. "Wide field-of-view soft X-ray imaging for solar wind-magnetosphere interactions." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 121 (4): 3353-3361 [10.1002/2016ja022348]

    Kuntz, K. D., Y. M. Collado-Vega, M. R. Collier, et al. H. K. Connor, T. E. Cravens, D. Koutroumpa, F. S. Porter, I. P. Robertson, D. G. Sibeck, S. L. Snowden, N. E. Thomas, and B. M. Walsh. 2015. "THE SOLAR WIND CHARGE-EXCHANGE PRODUCTION FACTOR FOR HYDROGEN." The Astrophysical Journal, 808 (2): 143 [10.1088/0004-637x/808/2/143]

    Collado-Vega, Y. M., R. L. Kessel, D. G. Sibeck, et al. V. L. Kalb, R. A. Boller, and L. Rastaetter. 2013. "Comparison between vortices created and evolving during fixed and dynamic solar wind conditions." ANNALES GEOPHYSICAE, 31: 1463-1483 [10.5194/angeo-31-1463-2013]

    Collado vega, Y. M., R. L. Kessel, X. Shao, and R. A. Boller. 2007. "MHD flow visualization of magnetopause boundary region vortices observed during high-speed streams." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS, 112 (A6): [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2006JA012104]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Magnetopause standoff position and response time changes due to solar wind conditions: Models and Observations 

    12 / 2015

    Mini GEM oral presentation 

    Calculating the motion and direction of Flux Transfer Events with Cluster 10 / 2012
    3rd Cluster-Themis Workshop, Boulder, CO
     Calculating the motion and direction of Flux Transfer Events with Cluster 12 / 2011
     AGU Fall Meeting, Oral Presentation

    Other

    Data Mining for Vortices on the Earth's Magnetosphere
     

    12 / 2016

    AGU Fall Meeting and at the GEM Workshop in June, 2016, Poster

    The New Space Weather Action Center; the Next Level on Space Weather Education
     

    12 / 2016

    AGU Fall Meeting, Poster

     Determining the motion of flux transfer events on the dayside magnetopause 6 / 2013
    GEM meeting, Oral presentation
     Multi-spacecraft analysis to determine the motion of flux transfer events (FTEs) 12 / 2012
     Fall AGU Meeting, Poster
     Comparison between vortices created and evolving during fixed and dynamic solar wind conditions 6 / 2012
    GEM Meeting, Oral Presentation
     Revisiting theoretical predictions of the motion and direction of FTE's 4 / 2011
     COLAGE Meeting, Costa Rica
     Concerning theoretical predictions for the motion and direction of FTE's 12 / 2010
     AGU Fall Meeting, Poster
     Statistical study of magnetopause boundary region vortices observed during modeled solar wind conditions 7 / 2009
     9th International School for Space Simulations, France, July 2009.
     Statistical study of magnetopause boundary region vortices observed during modeled solar wind conditions 12 / 2008
     AGU Fall Meeting, Poster 

    Selected Public Outreach

    NASA Science Day at Capitol Hill 6 / 2016 - 6 / 2016

    Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC

    Women in STEM 7 / 2016 - 7 / 2016

    Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 

    USA Science and Engineering Festival; Awesome Com 4 / 2016 - Present

    NASA Exhibition,  Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC

    Live Shots/Social media events in English and Spanish 5 / 2013 - Present

    Mercury transit event, 2016 Total Solar Eclipse, Mission anniversaries 
    Facebook Live event to Spanish language tv shows 

    Career Panel Events 9 / 2016 - Present

    Panels at UMD College Park; Opportunities in Federal Government Panel

    NASA Women in Action 3 / 2016 - 3 / 2016

    High school students invited to learn from NASA women, tour a GSFC facility, and hear from a panel that included Dr. Dava Newman, Dr. Ellen Stofan, and Dr. Ellen Ochoa.

    Tours to Visitors of the CCMC Lab 5 / 2013 - Present

    Visitors include students from different universities: University of Puerto Rico RockSat team, 2016 summer graduate interns across the center, aerospace and computer engineering students from different universities, and high school students visits. Also presentations to different organizations like DARPA, Aerospace Corp., and celebrities like Kaya Jones.

    Hyperwall Presentations 7 / 2016 - Present

    Science Jamboree and VIP GSFC visitors 

    MD STEM Fest 11 / 2016 - 11 / 2016

    Remote space weather presentation using the Digital Learning Network at GSFC

    Publications

    Refereed

    Walsh, B. M., M. R. Collier, K. D. Kuntz, et al. F. S. Porter, D. G. Sibeck, S. L. Snowden, J. A. Carter, Y. Collado-Vega, H. K. Connor, T. E. Cravens, A. M. Read, S. Sembay, and N. E. Thomas. 2016. "Wide field-of-view soft X-ray imaging for solar wind-magnetosphere interactions." Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics 121 (4): 3353-3361 [10.1002/2016ja022348]

    Kuntz, K. D., Y. M. Collado-Vega, M. R. Collier, et al. H. K. Connor, T. E. Cravens, D. Koutroumpa, F. S. Porter, I. P. Robertson, D. G. Sibeck, S. L. Snowden, N. E. Thomas, and B. M. Walsh. 2015. "THE SOLAR WIND CHARGE-EXCHANGE PRODUCTION FACTOR FOR HYDROGEN." The Astrophysical Journal 808 (2): 143 [10.1088/0004-637x/808/2/143]

    Collado-Vega, Y. M., R. L. Kessel, D. G. Sibeck, et al. V. L. Kalb, R. A. Boller, and L. Rastaetter. 2013. "Comparison between vortices created and evolving during fixed and dynamic solar wind conditions." ANNALES GEOPHYSICAE 31 1463-1483 [10.5194/angeo-31-1463-2013]

    Collado vega, Y. M., R. L. Kessel, X. Shao, and R. A. Boller. 2007. "MHD flow visualization of magnetopause boundary region vortices observed during high-speed streams." JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-SPACE PHYSICS 112 (A6): [Full Text (Link)] [10.1029/2006JA012104]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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