Women In STEAM Fields

Jill Tarter


Astronomer best known for her work on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). She is Chair Emeritus for SETI Research at the SETI Institute. She previously served as Project Scientist for NASA’s SETI program, the High Resolution Microwave Survey. Currently, she serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, an innovative array of 350 6-m antennas at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory, which will simultaneously survey the radio universe for known and unexpected sources of astrophysical emissions, and speed up the search for radio emissions from other distant technologies by orders of magnitude. Jody Foster’s character in the movie Contact was based on her. More…