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Women in Aerospace Lauds Johns Hopkins APL’s Mosavi-Hoyer for Outreach Leadership

Nelli Mosavi-Hoyer, an engineer and project manager with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, was recognized with Women in Aerospace’s 2023 Aerospace Awareness Award for her leadership and outreach efforts. As project manager for NASA’s EZIE and Van Allen Probes missions, Mosavi-Hoyer has been inspiring students and building a path for people around the world to make significant contributions to space missions.

Women in Aerospace is a professional organization dedicated to expanding women’s opportunities for leadership and increasing their visibility in the aerospace community. The Aerospace Awareness Award annually honors an individual who excels in building public awareness of aerospace programs, practices innovative approaches for increasing public understanding of aerospace development, shows commitment to advancing and defining the roles that aerospace plays in society, is committed to professional growth and serves as a role model for the advancement of women in aerospace.

“Nelli’s personal leadership and communication efforts as the manager of the EZIE and Van Allen Probes missions, as well as her efforts to establish and make visible the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium and Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center, exemplify her dedication to increasing public understanding of aerospace and inspiring the next generation of space explorers,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, the former associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA who shared a letter of recommendation for Mosavi-Hoyer’s Women in Aerospace award.

Mosavi-Hoyer led efforts at APL to establish the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC), bringing together experts from academia, industry and government to shape technologies and systems needed to explore the surface of the Moon in new ways. The inaugural LSIC meeting in 2020 served as a launch pad for efforts to keep the United States at the forefront of lunar exploration.

In her leadership of the EZIE and Van Allen Probes missions, Mosavi-Hoyer employed a multifaceted approach to raise awareness of their significance.

“Greater public awareness of space missions not only fosters scientific, technological and economic advancements but also promotes unity, inspiration and responsible stewardship of our planet and the cosmos,” said Mosavi-Hoyer. “It engages the public in discussions about the future of space exploration and its impact on society and the world at large. Space missions capture the imagination of people, especially young minds.”