Judge/GISN Member, NASA GLOBE Program
Founder and CEO, Everest Innovation Lab
Member, Hawaiian Astronomical Society
Web: www.globe.gov; www.ewc-nepal.com ; hawastsoc.org

Education:
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii, USA 

M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ms. Marufa Bhuiyan is a research scientist and GISN Member at NASA GLOBE Program. She is the Founder and President of Everest Innovation Lab – a regional lab funded by East-West Center, Hawaii, USA. She also works as a Crew Astronomer for Mars Academy USA [MAU] and is a visiting Research Scientist for Tribhuvan University in Nepal. 

This year she completed an Analog Astronaut Training Program – Mars Medics Mission jointly organized by Mars Academy USA [MAU] and Mars Desert Research Station [MDRS].  During that time, she also served as a GreenHab Officer,  Crew Astronomer and Resident Philosopher. Marufa has more than 13 years of experience in stakeholder consultations, literature reviews and technical research activities. Mostly, she worked as a Research Scholar at the University of Hawaii – Hawaii Natural Energy Institute [HNEI] from 2013 to 2017. Marufa is specialized in health science, renewable energy technologies,  astronomy, governance and leadership roles. 

Marufa has received numerous awards such as NASA GLOBE Judge Awards [2020,2019], Crew Scientist Candidate for LunAres Mission [2020] in Poland, Space Station Ambassador [2017-], Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow [2013], Gold medal from Sonali Bank Associations [2003], SENCER Hawaii Fellow [2017] by National Science Foundation [NSF] and University of Hawaii. She enjoys playing music, writing, sketching, innovation, mathematics and philosophy etc. 

For more information: https://www.globe.gov/web/mithilamarufa/home

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