Marissa Herron

Marissa Herron
Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


M.S. in remote sensing intelligence, Naval Postgraduate School; M.S. in aerospace engineering (statistical orbit determination), University of Colorado at Boulder; B.S. in aerospace engineering, University of Arizona


Marissa Herron is a Ph.D. student in the Technology Applications and Implications stream at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her research interests include science and technology policy and national security.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, she was a program executive at NASA Headquarters for the Sustainable Land Imaging partnership and Landsat spacecraft. She previously managed operations in the Conjunction Assessment Risk Analysis group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and supported human spaceflight operations and flight dynamics analysis for the Space Shuttle and Soyuz missions.

She has an M.S. in aerospace engineering (statistical orbit determination) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an M.S. in remote sensing intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Arizona.