Cora Randall
Cora Randall
Cora Randall



she / her / hers


Senior Research Scientist
Distinguished Professor


After an initial career focused on laser spectroscopy and time resolved measurements of protein folding, Dr. Cora Randall has spent 33 years working on space and atmospheric science satellite missions, including as principal investigator (PI) of the NASA Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) Cloud Imaging and Particle Size satellite instrument, and Deputy PI of the AIM mission. She has been PI on many research and analysis grants, and her professional work has ranged from polarization optics to astronomy to atmospheric science and solar terrestrial relationships. Primary areas of expertise are in atmospheric effects of energetic particle precipitation, stratospheric ozone depletion, polar mesospheric clouds, gravity wave observations and satellite measurement validation. She was chair of the CU Boulder ATOC department for five years, and has led various university activities, including a 4-year overhaul of the undergraduate general education requirements. She has been involved in many national and international service activities, and is an elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union and American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is a current or previous member of many satellite science teams. Dr. Randall is now a part-time senior research scientist in LASP, and CU Distinguished Professor Emerita in ATOC.

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University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D., 1985
University of California, Santa Cruz, M.S., 1983
State University of New York, Purchase, B.A., 1982