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The SURP Team

Jordana Blacksberg is the SURP Program Manager

Dr. Jordana Blacksberg is the Program Manager for the JPL Strategic University Research Partnership (SURP) program in the Office of the Chief Scientist. She serves as the primary contact for the SURP Program. In this role she is dedicated to building and growing our research partnerships with universities, the key to keeping JPL on the cutting edge of research. Prior to her SURP role, she was a senior member of technical staff in the Instruments Division at JPL. She has an active research program and extensive experience in in situ planetary instrument and detector development. She also serves as the Investigation Scientist for the Europa Clipper Magnetometer.

Website: https://scienceandtechnology.jpl.nasa.gov/jordana-blacksberg


Gloria Nguyen is the SURP Business Manager


Gloria Nguyen is the Business Administration Manager for JPL’s Office of the Chief Scientist. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Office to ensure effective and efficient execution of the Office’s programs, which includes the SURP Program. She oversees the logistical support to SURP including badging, subcontracts, appointments, and problem resolution. In her overall role as Business Administrative Manager, she leads the business administrative team, manages the operations budget, provides support in the areas of finance, staffing, facilities, event coordination, and manages multiple program appointments. Prior to joining the Office of the Chief Scientist, she was Business Administration Manager for Planetary Science.








Sophia Hong is the SURP Business Administrator

Sophia Hong is the Business Administrator for the JPL Strategic University Research Partnership (SURP) program in the Office of the Chief Scientist. She supports the SURP Program with program administration, financial analysis and reporting, website content management, academic visits and investment program planning. Prior to her SURP role, she was a business administrator in the Science and Systems Engineering Divisions.



For questions about the SURP Program please email surp@jpl.nasa.gov