That Girl at NASA is Courtney Batterson,

alumnus of Creighton University currently earning her Masters Degree in Meteorology from SJSU and working at NASA Ames Research Center in California. She lives with her partner, Alex, and their pup, Mabel, in San Jose.

Minnesota ✈️ Nebraska ✈️ California 🚀 & Beyond

Quick Facts:

  •  Hometown: Bloomington, Minnesota

  • Undergraduate Work: Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska (2013 - 2017)

    • Degree: B.S. Environmental Science

    • Minors: Communication Studies, Meteorology

    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Class of 2017

  • NASA Internship: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California (2016)

    • Research: Secular Climate Change on Mars

  • Career: Research Scientist at NASA Ames via the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute (BAERI) co-op, San Jose California (2017 - 2019)

    • Research: Martian Crater Circulations; Martian Dust Storms, Secular Climate Change

  • Graduate School: San Jose State University (SJSU), San Jose, California (2019 - 2020)

    • Degree: Masters Degree in Meteorology (in progress)

    • Thesis & Research: Martian “B” Dust Storms, upper atmospheric turbulence and its affects on exoplanet imaging

    • Work: Research Assistant with the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science; part-time research scientist with NASA through BAERI

    • Advisors: Dr. Alison Bridger (SJSU) & Dr. Melinda Kahre (NASA)


Courtney and her partner, Alex, live in San Jose, CA with their snuggly puppy, Mabel. Alex is a front-end recruiter at LinkedIn and Courtney loves to brag about this fact. Suffice it to say, she is his #1 fan.

Courtney is still working at NASA while attending SJSU for grad school. As of June 2019, she has been working with NASA in some capacity for three years. She is the youngest scientist in the Mars Climate Modeling Center. Alex loves to tell her his favorite thing about her is “that big brain!”

San Francisco Presidio, September 2017

San Francisco Presidio, September 2017