Sue Estes serves as Senior Associate Program Manager for Health and Air Quality Applications in the Applied Sciences Program of the NASA Earth Science Division. The Program promotes the use of Earth observations in air quality management and public health, particularly involving environmental health and infectious diseases. In her position, Sue performs duties that include education, outreach, and general management of public health projects within the Applied Sciences Program. She has over 20 years of experience working in public health as a Hospital and Nursing Home Administrator. She has been involved in research utilizing public health data with remotely sensed data and analyzing the health impacts of the environment. Current research focuses on establishing partnerships between NASA environmental researchers and public health professionals in academia, federal, state and local government.
Sue received her master’s degree in Private and Public Management with an emphasis on Health from Birmingham-Southern College and bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from the University of Alabama. In 2020, she received a NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for her work as a senior associate program manager for the Health and Air Quality program area.