Claudia Alexander is a Ph.D. scientist (space plasma physics); graduate of: University of Michigan . She served on the flight teams of the historic Galileo mission to Jupiter, eventually becoming the Project Manager; served as Project Staff Scientist on the Cassini mission to Saturn, and currently serves as the U.S. Project Scientist on NASA’s contribution to the International Rosetta mission to explore a comet. She specializes in surface bound exospheres (the rarefied atmospheres of icy moons and comets), and has also studied magnetospheric physics, and thermal evolution of icy bodies. In 1994 she commenced a ten-year period writing for the public science-learning website: Windows to the Universe. In 2002 she wrote the first of the science-learning books: Windows to Adventure for elementary readers (4-5 grades), and started her publishing arm: Red Phoenix Books. She continues to write fiction, with steampunk short stories, a full-length elfpunk novel, assorted non-fiction, and has written for the Bleacher Report as claudiacelestialgirl. She has placed in writing contests (two in 2010), serves her local Los Angeles chapters of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), is a member of the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Association (GLAWS), and the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
- University of California, BerkeleyGeophysics, 1977 - 1982
- University of California, Los AngelesGeophysics and Space Plasma Physics, 1983 - 1985
- University of MichiganSpace Plasma Physics, 1989 - 1994
- UCLA ExtensionCreative Writing, 2002 - 2006
- Jet Propulsion Laboratoryscientist, present