Meenakshi Wadhwa

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Meenakshi Wadhwa
Fields Planetary science
Institutions Arizona State University
The Field Museum
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of California at San Diego
Alma mater Washington University, St. Louis
Panjab University

Meenakshi Wadhwa is the director of the Center for Meteorite Studies and a professor of geological sciences in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, both at Arizona State University. She is also a research associate at The Field Museum in Chicago.


As director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University, Wadhwa oversees the curation of one of the largest university-based meteorite collections,[citation needed] and a variety of research and educational activities. During her career, she served as a science team member on a number of NASA planetary science missions including Genesis and Mars Science Laboratory. She was PI of a proposal for Sample Collection for the Investigation of Mars (SCIM) to the NASA Discovery program in 2010.

Awards and honors[edit]

Wadhwa became a Fellow of The Explorers Club in 2012, The Wings WorldQuest in 2007 and of the Meteoritical Society in 2006. She received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. In 1999 she was awarded the asteroid name 8356 Wadhwa by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).[1] Awarded the Nier Prize in 2000.


External links[edit]

Meenakshi Wadhwa’s Arizona State University School of Earth & Space Exploration webpage

Meenakshi Wadhwa’s Arizona State University curriculum vitae

ASU News Now: Space rocks Wadhwa’s world at meteorite center