France Córdova, PhD
Director, National Science Foundation

France was sworn in as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on March 31, 2014. She leads the only government science agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. NSF's programs and initiatives keep the United States at the forefront of science and engineering, empower future generations of scientists and engineers, and foster U.S. prosperity and global leadership. Previously, France served as NASA’s chief scientist (1993-6), vice chancellor for research and professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1996-2002), chancellor, University of California, Riverside (2002-7), and president of Purdue University (2007-12). Her scientific career contributions have been in the areas of observational and experimental astrophysics, multi-spectral research on x-ray and gamma ray sources, and space-borne instrumentation.