SGAC in cooperation with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are pleased to announce Mary Angelique Demetillo as the winner of the 2023 SGC/IAC – NASA Earth Science Scholarship. Mary will be sponsored to attend the 21st Space Generation Congress (September 28– 30 2023) and the 74th International Astronautical Congress (October 2–6 2023)  in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

Mary Angelique Demetillo

Mary Angelique Demetillo recently earned her Ph.D. in environmental sciences with a focus on atmospheric chemistry from the University of Virginia. In her dissertation titled, “Observing air pollution variability with climate change and environmental injustice,” Angelique integrated socio-demographic information with remote-sensing observations onboard aircraft and satellites to understand the spatiotemporal variability of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) air pollution within cities, assess the ability of next-generation satellite observations to resolve inequalities at the neighborhood-level, and identify drivers of NO2 inequalities across US cities. Currently, she works as post-doctoral researcher in the Chemistry and Dynamics Branch of the Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research center investigating the surface and near-surface representativity of widely-anticipated near-surface ozone (O3) product from NASA’s recently-launched Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of POllution (TEMPO) space-based sensor and contributing to airborne science research campaigns focused on atmospheric composition and trace gas spatiotemporal variability in major cities. Alongside her research career, she continues to serve on executive and leadership teams driving initiatives to increase visibility, representation, and support for under-represented minorities in the atmospheric sciences.

With the future of space-based observations towards environmental justice efforts in the horizon, support from the 2023 NASA Earth Science Scholarship of the SGC and IAC uniquely positions an enduring effort to bridge the gap between space-based science and communities. I am humbly honored to serve as the liason between historical endeavors of environmental justice leaders and future landscapes of community-driven space-based initiatives at the SGC and IAC.