Dr. Samuel Howell

Postdoctoral Scholar

Europa Clipper Project Science Affiliate


Curriculum vitae

Howell_CV (pdf)


In The News: Europa Band Formation


Sam Howell is a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, CA. His research interests include planetary and terrestrial tectonics, convection, faulting, and numerical modeling. His doctoral research has received national attention, including a 2016 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, and his postdoctoral research recieved a 2017 JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Award.

Sam graduated with a PhD in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in December, 2016, where he received his M.S. in Geology and Geophysics in 2013. Sam received his B.S. in Engineering Physics with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Thermal Fluid Mechanics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2010.

In his spare time, he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, completed triathlons and marathons, and serendipitously met his wife, Marissa, an expert in the tectonics of icy moons.



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