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Susan Hoban


Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology
Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
5523 Research Park Drive, Room Suite 140
MS, University of Maryland, University College (2018)
MS, University of Maryland University College (2015)
Ph D, University of Maryland (1989)
MS, University of Maryland (1986)
BS, University of Maryland (1983)

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

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Hoban, Susan M. (Co-Principal) Demoz, Belay B. (Co-Principal) NASA Early Opportunities Program for Underrepresented Minorities in Earth and Space Sciences SubContract (In-Progress) Sponsored by NASA (Aug 1, 2016 – Jul 31, 2019)

Hoban, Susan M. (Co-Principal) Comprehensive modeling of the nucleus rotational state and the coma morphology and lightcurve variability of Comet 1P/Halley SubContract (In-Progress) Sponsored by NASA (Jul 1, 2016 – Jun 30, 2019)

Hoban, Susan M. (Co-Principal) NASA Inspires Native American Students (NINAS) SubContract (In-Progress) Sponsored by NASA (May 2, 2016 – Jul 1, 2017)


(Author & Presenter) Lecture ASTR 380: Life in the Universe University of Maryland College Park, MD

(Author & Presenter) Seminar Snowmobiles or Jet skis? A discussion of climate science Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI