France A. Córdova, Ph.D.
Board of Directors, CASIS
France Anne Córdova is President Emerita of Purdue University (2007-‐2012); she is also currently on the faculty of Purdue in Physics and Astrophysics. Córdova formerly served as Chancellor and a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Riverside. Previously, she served as the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and as NASA's Chief Scientist. Past positions also included serving as head of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University and Deputy Group Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Córdova currently serves on several boards including: Edison International (including Southern California Edison), Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the Mayo Clinic, the National Science Board, and the Smithsonian Institution (where she serves as Chair of the Board of Regents). She also served on the Board of Belo Corporation from 2003-‐2007.
Córdova has received numerous awards and recognitions for her professional contributions, including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Group Achievement Award. She was named one of “America’s 100 Brightest Scientists Under 40” by Science Digest, a Kilby Laureate for innovation and contributions to education, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has authored more than 150 scientific papers and reports, and numerous policy papers.
Córdova received her B.A. from Stanford University in English, her PhD from the California Institute of Technology in Physics, and has several honorary degrees.