Sten Odenwald

Dr. Sten Odenwald is an astronomer at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, and the Director of STEM Resource Development at the National Institute of Aerospace. He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1982, and has been involved with investigations of the star formation, galaxy evolution, and the nature of the cosmic infrared background, as well as the modeling of space weather impacts to commercial satellite systems. He is an active science popularizer and book author, and participates in many NASA programs in space science and math education. Currently he is the Director of the Space Math @ NASA project which is NASA-based, ‘STEM’ education program that develops K-12 math problems featuring scientific discoveries from across NASA. He has a number of websites promoting science education including 'The Astronomy Café' ( and 'Space Weather' (