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Susan Owen

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109



Curriculum Vitae:

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Earth Science

Section Manager

Employed By



  • Ph. D., Geophysics, Stanford University (1998)
  • B.A., Physics, Harvard-Radcliffe University (1992)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (2004–2015)
    • Research Scientist (2004–2015)
    • Principal Investigator/Project Lead for Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis team (2010-present)
    • Deputy Applications Lead for NISAR mission (2012-present)
    • Discipline Program Manager for Solid Earth Science (2015-present)
    • Group Supervisor, Earth Surface and Interior Group (2015-2016)
    • Deputy Section Manager, Earth Science (2016-2017)
    • Section Manager (2017-Present)
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, LA
    • Assistant Research Professor, Geophysics (2004-2006)
  • Department of Earth Sciences, University of Southern California, LA
    • Assistant Professor of Geophysics (1999–2004)
  • Department of Geology and Geophysics, U.C.
    • Miller Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (1998-1999)
  • Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA (1992-1993)

Community Service

  • AGU Geodesy Section President-Elect, (2015)
  • EarthScope Steering Committee, Cyberinfrastructure Committee Chair (2013-present)
  • UNAVCO Nominations Committee (2011-2012)
  • UNAVCO Board of Directors (2007-2010): Vice-Chair (2007), Chair (2008-2009)

Research Interests

Susan’s research interests include improving GPS data analysis techniques to study the earthquake cycle and volcano deformation. She also leads the Advanced Rapid Imaging Project, a team that is developing automated SAR and GPS analysis for both hazard response and hazard science.

Selected Awards

  • NASA Group Achievement Award, (2014)
  • Research Poster Conference Award from JPL OCS and OCT (2011, 2013)
  • Zumberge Fellow, USC (1999-2000)
  • Lieberman Fellowship, Stanford University (1996-1997)