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Susan Hoban

Senior Research Scientist

Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Technology Research Center
MS, University of Maryland University College (2015)
Ph D, University of Maryland (1989)
MS, University of Maryland (1986)
BS, University of Maryland (1983)
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Dr. Susan Hoban worked with NASA for over two decades, first as a scientist studying comets and the interstellar medium, then as a STEM Educator. Dr. Hoban develops curriculum for professional development of educators for classroom use and informal education venues. Dr. Hoban specializes in integrating hands-on activities with data collection and analysis to develop the habits-of-mind of STEM. Curriculum modules include, but are not limited to rocketry, environmental education, astronomy & astrobiology, computer modeling, STEM music, and robotics for learners of all ages. Dr. Hoban is currently also working on using analytics for cyber security.

Research Interests

Dr. Hoban's research interests include the effectiveness of various pedagogical models on teacher preparation and student outcomes, and comparisons among aerosols in the Earth's atmosphere, refractory material in the Solar System and dust in the Universe. Dr. Hoban is also interested in using analytics for cybersecurity.

Teaching Interests

Astronomy; Physics; Robotics; Cybersecurity; Analytics; STEM Teacher Preparation