Aurora Simionescu, Associate professor at the JAXA Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is the first non-Japanese to receive such a role. Aurora Simionescu, 33 is one of the 13 Romanians that have been included in the top 100 leaders of innovation from Central and South of Europe, a top created by Google and Financial Times.
Without the encouragement, support and enthusiasm of my teachers I would have probably chosen a different career. It has been one of the most important experiences of my life.
At the moment Aurora is creating a team of PhD students in order to build a telescope that will replace the Hitomi satellite which disappeared in space a year ago.
Originally from Braila, Adriana was selected for a scholarship when she was still in highschool and went to study in USA at the Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. A year after that she became interested in Astrophysics when her mother gave her a special book„Astronomy: The Structure of the Universe“, by William Kaufmann.
Aurora went on to study astrophysics at Jacobs university in Bremen. After that she did a PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany and she was an Einstein Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Particle Asrophyisics and Cosmology at Standford University.