Dr. Ana Prados is an atmospheric chemist and public policy professional. Currently, she is a Research Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she teaches courses in environmental policy. She is also the program manager of NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program. Ana has 20 years of experience in air quality monitoring, modeling and research applications of satellite remote sensing. She has authored peer-reviewed publications and is a guest editor of scientific journals. Her main area of interest is in bridging the gap between earth observations and decision-making.
Ana joined NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2007, where she developed a training program that builds skills in the utilization of satellite remote sensing for decision-support. Program partners and participants include government regulatory agencies, businesses, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions. She has built capacity for agencies worldwide on how to use earth observations for air pollution, disaster, land use and water resources management; and for monitoring the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Ana also has expertise in program evaluation and has co-developed workshops on the evaluation of applied research and data management projects at federal agencies (NASA, NOAA, EPA) and academic institutions.
Ana received a PhD in Chemistry and a master’s in Public Policy from the University of Maryland College Park.