Amber Gell

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Amber Gell
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Amber S. Gell
Born1984 (age 37–38)
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Bachelors of Science Aerospace Engineering - Astronautics
ERAU, Bachelors of Science Aerospace Studies - Human Factors, Mathematics, Psychology
Stevens Institute of Technology, Masters of Engineering Space Systems Engineering
University of Houston–Clear Lake, Master of Science Physiology - Fitness & Human Performance
UHCL, Master of Science in Finance
UHCL, Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Spouse(s)Andrew Sherwood
Engineering career
InstitutionsAIAA, Senior Member
ERAU, Computational Mathematics Industry Advisory Board
ERAU, Commercial Space Operations Industry Advisory Board
Employer(s)Lockheed Martin
International Space Station
AwardsWomen in Space Science Award 2013

Amber S. Gell is an American program manager, former engineer and scientist, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education advocate who specializes in human performance in extreme environments. A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, she currently works for Lockheed Martin as a Program Manager. She has won awards for her accomplishments in space systems and educational outreach, including the 2010 Early Career Rotary National Award for Space Achievement[1] and the 2013 Adler Planetarium Women in Space Science Award.[2] She has a degree in aerospace engineering and business, and physiology (Fitness), and is also a certified group fitness instructor, Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Master Scuba Diver. Amber was also a member of the Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Mathematics Industry Advisory Board[3]


She received Bachelor of Science degrees in both aerospace engineering and aerospace studies from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. She subsequently earned a Master of Science degree in physiology and human performance from the University of Houston–Clear Lake.[4] She has a Master of Engineering degree in systems engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and also a Master of Science degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, both from the University of Houston–Clear Lake.


Her research includes Optimal Crew Selection for Long-Duration Spaceflight focusing on gender, culture, and personality characteristics, in which she contributed an academic paper and presented her work at the Human Performance in Extreme Environments (HPEE) Conference along with the senior member of the 6 other authors of the paper,[5] Spacecraft Propulsion Technologies,[6] and Exothermic Welding in a Reduced Gravity Environment.[7][8][9] Amber is a published author that has contributed to advancements in the Physiology field.[10]

Engineering outreach[edit]

Gell has given presentations on her work to inspire others to pursue degrees in STEM. Presentations include the 51st AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference,[11] Scientix Conference Keynote Speaker,[12] Irish Science Teacher's Association Keynote Speaker,[13] i.d.e.a. Museum BRIGHT i.d.e.a.s Fundraiser Keynote Speaker,[14] Mission Possible Week Keynote Speaker,[15] Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Fireside Chat,[16] Lecture with Cosmonaut Anatoly Artsebarsky,[17] and many more. Amber was also a judge for the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Wisconsin Regional and FIRST Championship events in 2016. Amber has served as a judge for the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Wisconsin Regional annually since 2008 and the FIRST Championship events annually since 2011.[18][19]


  1. ^ "2010 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement" (PDF). Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. ^ Rebmann, Sara. "Celebrating Women in Space Science". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Mathematics Industry Advisory Board". Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  4. ^ Gell, Amber. "Use of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to predict deficits in bilateral/unilateral force, power, and rate of force development". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  5. ^ "HPEE Fourth Annual Meeting". Retrieved 23 August 2015.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Norris, Scott D.; Gell, Amber (2015). "Orion EFT-1 Propulsion Test Results". 51st AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. doi:10.2514/6.2015-3792. ISBN 978-1-62410-321-6.
  7. ^ NASA. "NASA 2011 Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program Annual Report" (PDF). National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 18, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "Feasibility and Reliability of Construction Techniques in a Reduced Gravity (0G or 1/6G) Environment". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Aerospace scientist learns welding for future space missions". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  10. ^ Gell, Amber S. (2010-01-01). Use of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) to Predict Deficits in Bilateral/unilateral Force, Power, and Rate of Force Development.
  11. ^ 51st AIAA/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference Propulsion and Energy Forum. 2015. doi:10.2514/MJPC15. ISBN 978-1-62410-321-6. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Scientix Conference Keynote Speakers". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  13. ^ "istacon2016". istacon2016. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  14. ^ "BRIGHT i.d.e.a.s Signature Event Press Release" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Mission Possible Amber Gell Biography". Archived from the original on 2015-10-03. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  16. ^ "2014 Lockheed Martin Fireside Chat with Amber Gell". Archived from the original on 28 September 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  17. ^ Maxey, Gerry. "Amber Gell In Scotland, She Lectures With Legendary Russian Cosmonaut Anatoly Artsebarsky". Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  18. ^ Richardson, Erik. "Saving the World - One Robot at a Time". Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  19. ^ "Wisconsin People & Ideas – Summer 2014". Issuu. Retrieved 2016-04-28.