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Sabrina Feldman

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

M/S 183-335

Pasadena, CA 91109


(818) 730-2447

Curriculum Vitae:

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Assistant Division Manager


Dr. Sabrina Feldman first joined JPL as a member of the In Situ Exploration Technologies group in 1997 after receiving a Ph.D. in physics from U. C. Berkeley, where her research focused on astrophysics detector development. For the last 15 years she has led instrument formulation, mission formulation, and strategic planning activities in both 4X and 8X, including previous roles as Program Manager for the Planetary Science Instruments Office (420), Deputy Program Manager for Earth Science Research and Mission Formulation Office (830), and Program Manager for the Earth System Explorer Office (836). Dr. Feldman is currently serving as the JPL Assistant Science Division Manager for Formulation and Proposals. She is passionate about helping teams spanning Astrophysics & Space Sciences, Planetary Science, and Earth Science with all aspects of concept maturation, including new technology infusion, Science & Applications Traceability Matrix development, and proposal development and editing.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of California, Berkeley (1996)
  • M.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley (1994)
  • B.A., Physics, University of California, Berkeley (1989)

Professional Experience

  • 2023- Assistant Science Division Manager for Formulation and Proposals, JPL
  • 2022-2023 Manager, Earth System Explorer Program Office, Earth Science & Technology Directorate, JPL
  • 2020-2022 Deputy Manager, Earth Science Research & Mission Formulation Office, Earth Science & Technology Directorate, JPL
  • 2014-2020 Manager, Planetary Science Instruments Office, Solar System Exploration Directorate, JPL
  • 2013-2014 Deputy Manager, Planetary Science Instruments Office, Solar System Exploration Directorate, JPL
  • 2008-2013 Manager, Planetary Science Instrument Development Office, JPL
  • 2005-2008 Senior Engineer, Planetary Habitability Group, Science Division, JPL
  • 2005-2006 Deputy Director, Center for Life Detection, JPL
  • 2003-2005 Physical Scientist, Exobiology Branch, Space Sciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
  • 2002-2003 Assistant Physics Professor, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
  • 1997-2002 Senior Engineer, In Situ Exploration Technologies Group, Microdevices Laboratory, JPL

Selected Awards

  • 2022: JPL Voyager Award for exceptional leadership of the Earth Venture Mission-3 campaign
  • 2020: JPL Magellan Award for outstanding leadership in developing the next generation of JPL planetary instruments
  • 2019: JPL Voyager Award for leading several FY’19 planetary instrument AO responses
  • 2018: JPL Team Bonus Award for Discovery portfolio review support
  • 2017: JPL Voyager Award for New Frontiers proposal editing
  • 2016: JPL Voyager Award for Concept Study Report editing for the Veritas and Psyche Discovery mission proposals
  • 2015: JPL Magellan Award for exceptional leadership for the Europa Clipper Instrument Opportunity
  • 2014: JPL People Leadership Award for exceptional leadership for the Mars 2020 Instrument Opportunity
  • 2014: JPL Team Bonus Award for membership on the Cassini Senior Review Proposal Team
  • 2014: JPL Team Bonus Award for membership on the Solar System Directorate Business Capture Team
  • 2013: NASA Honors Award for CheMin Instrument Development and Science Team
  • 2013: JPL Mariner Award for leading JPL’s response to the NASA “MatISSE” instrument AO and winning 4 of 6 awards
  • 2012: JPL Ranger Award for serving as Science Implementation Architect for the InSight Concept Study Report
  • 2012: JPL Team Award for leadership and crafting of InSight Concept Study Report
  • 2011: JPL Individual Ranger Award for leadership on JPL LIBS/Raman Venus Chamber tests for the Surface and Atmospheric Geophysical Explorer (SAGE) New Frontiers mission proposal
  • 2010: JPL Individual Mariner Award for planning and implementing the LIBS/Raman Venus Chamber for SAGE
  • 2009: JPL Individual Mariner Award for leading JPL’s proposal response to the NASA SALMON Announcement of Opportunity
  • 2007: JPL Individual Mariner Award for expert review assistance to 6X
  • 2000: JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence (highest honor given to young researchers)

Selected Publications

  1. S. Feldman, D. Beaty, and J. Ashley. “Instrument Development Enables Planetary Exploration: Third International Workshop on Instrumentation for Planetary Missions; Pasadena, California, 24–27 October 2016.” EOS Earth & Space Science News, June 2017.
  2. T. H. Prettyman, Emmanuel Rowe, J. Butler, M. Groza, A. Burger, N. Yamashita, J. L. Lambert, K. G. Stassun, P. Beck, N. Cherepy, S. Payne, J. C. Castillo-Rogez, S. M. Feldman, C. A. Raymond, “Application of strontium iodide gamma ray spectrometers to planetary science.” Proceedings of the SPIE Conference on Hard X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Neutron Detector Physics XVIII, Volume 9968 (November 2016).
  3. D. L. Bish, D. F. Blake, D. T. Vaniman…S. Feldman…et al, “X-ray Diffraction Results from Mars Science Laboratory: Mineralogy of Rocknest at Gale Crater.” Science 341:6153 (September 2013).
  4. D. Blake, D. Vaniman, C. Achilles, R. Anderson, D. Bish, T. Bristow, C. Chen, S. Chipera, J. Crisp, D. Des Marais, R. Downs, J. Farmer, S. Feldman, M. Fonda, M. Gailhanou, H. Ma, D. Ming, R. Morris, P. Sarrazin, E. Stolper, A. Treiman, and A. Yen, “Characterization and Calibration of the CheMin Mineralogical Instrument on Mars Science Laboratory.” Space Science Reviews, 170(1-4):341-99 (September 2012).
  5. L. Beegle, S. Feldman, P. Johnson, and C. Dreyer, “Instruments for in situ sample analysis.” In Drilling in Extreme Environments: Penetration and Sampling on Earth and other Planets, edited by Y. Bar-Cohen and K. Kazny, John Wiley & Sons (2009), pp. 643-705.
  6. P. Sarrazin, D. Blake, S. Feldman, S. Chipera, D. Vaniman, and D. Bish, “Field deployment of a portable X-ray diffraction/X-ray flourescence instrument on Mars analog terrain.” Powder Diffraction, 20(2): 128-133 (June 2005).
  7. S. P. Kounaves, S. R. Lukow, B. P. Komeau, M. H. Hecht, S. M. Grannan-Feldman, K. Manatt, S. J. West, X. Wen, M. Frant, and T. Gillette, “The MSP01 MECA Wet Chemistry Lab: Sensor Evaluation.” Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(E7), 5077-89 (2003).
  8. S. J. West, M. S. Frant, X. W. Wen, R. Geis, J. Herdan, T. Gillette, M. H. Hecht, W. Schubert, S. Grannan, S. P. Kounaves, “Electrochemistry on Mars.” American Laboratory, 31(2), p. 48-54 (October 1999).
  9. J. T. Birmingham, S. M. Grannan, P. L. Richards, J. Kircher, M. Cardona, and A. Wittlin, “Measurement of Optical Absorptivity of La1.87Sr0.13CuO4 Below The Superconducting Plasma Edge.” Physical Review B, 59(1), p. 647-653 (January 1999).
  10. S.M. Grannan and P.L. Richards, “Field Dependent Hopping Conduction vs. Hot Electron Effects in Semiconducting Thermistors.” Proceedings from Low Temperature Detectors-7 Conference (1997).
  11. S. M. Grannan, P. L. Richards, and M. K. Hase, “Numerical Optimization of Bolometric Infrared Detectors Including Optical Loading, Amplifier Noise, and Electrical Nonlinearities.” International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, 18(2), p. 319-340 (February 1997).
  12. S. M. Grannan, J. T. Birmingham, P. L. Richards, D. S. Bethune, and M. S. Devries, “Far-Infrared Transmittance of Sc2C84 and Er2C82.” Chem. Phys. Letters, 264(3-4), p. 359-365 (January 1997).
  13. J. T. Birmingham, S. M. Grannan, P. L. Richards, R. Henn, J. Kircher, M. Cardona, A. Wittlin, V.H.M. Duijn, and A. A. Menovsky, “Measurement of c-axis Optical Absorptivity of La1.87 Sr0.13CuO4.” Spectroscopic Studies of Superconductors, Ivan Bozovic, Dirk van der Marel, editors, Proc. SPIE 2696, 56 (1996).
  14. S.M. Grannan, P.L. Richards, J.W. Beeman, and E.E. Haller, “Scaling Curve for Non-Ohmic Hopping Conductivity in Lightly Doped Ge at T<1K.” Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 41, 370 (1996).
  15. D.S. Bethune, M.S. de Vries, R. Macfarlane, G. Wittman, S. Grannan, J. Birmingham, P. Richards, S. Stevenson, T. Glass, P. Burbank, Z. Sun, and H. C. Dorn, “Spectroscopic Characterization of Metallofullerenes.” Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 41, 256 (1996).
  16. P.L. Richards and S.M. Grannan, “Optical Responsivity of Bolometric Infrared Detectors with Electrical Nonlinearities.” Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 41, 87 (1996).
  17. S.M. Grannan, P.L. Richards, K.M. Itoh, E.E. Haller, “Anomalous Non-Ohmic Impurity Conduction in Moderately Doped 74Ge:As.” Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 40, 265 (1995).
  18. S. M. Grannan, B. A. Young, A. E. Lange, S. Labov, B. Sadoulet, E. E. Haller, and J. W. Beeman, “Collection of Athermal Phonons into Doped Ge Thermistors Using Quasiparticle Trapping.” Journal of Applied Physics, 77(10), p. 4887-4891 (May 1995).
  19. S. M. Grannan, A. E. Lange, E. E. Haller, and J. W. Beeman, “Non-Ohmic Hopping Conduction in Doped Germanium at T < 1 K.” Physical Review B, 45(8), p. 4516-19 (February 1992).