2021 Distinguished Alumni
Ph.D. Physics '04
Dr. Ramona Gaza earned her Ph.D. in physics from OSU in 2004 and joined the Space Radiation Analysis Group at NASA/JSC in 2005.
She is a Leidos Technical Fellow and the Ionizing & Non-Ionizing Radiation Subject Matter Expert for the NASA/JSC Human Health & Performance contract. She has been the lead for the passive radiation flight hardware and associated radiation dosimetry and program manager for the Crew Active Dosimeter, supporting several NASA programs including the International Space Station, the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and the Commercial Crew, to name a few.
Her expertise is focused on astronaut crew protection from space radiation including ISS space weather monitoring and real-time solar event contingency support to the NASA/JSC Flight Team; radiation measurements and data analysis using active instruments and OSL/TL radiation detectors; and contributions to research studies on radiation effects and mitigation for crew protection. She is also the NASA/HH&P Science Lead for the Orion EM-1 Matroshka AstroRad Radiation Experiment.
She received a series of awards for her contributions to space exploration, including the NASA Group Achievement Award for SpaceX Demo-2; NASA Award for Technical Excellence in Enabling the Successful Execution of the Orion MPCV Exploration Mission 2 Critical Design Review; NASA Group Achievement Award for significant contributions to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module Project; and the Leidos HQ Technical Publication Award for an article in the Radiation Measurements Journal.