Dr. Olsen is currently the founder and managing director for ScienceWorks, an international consulting firm. Prior to this position, Dr. Olsen was Vice President for International Programs at the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities. Her focus was on strengthening and developing new international programs as an integral part of the modern university and a 21st century global education. Dr. Olsen has also served as Senior Advisor in the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Office of Information and Resource Management.
Dr. Olsen was also confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Director and COO of NSF in 2005. She was responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of program creation and administration; national and international collaborations, budget development and other operations. Dr. Olsen joined NSF from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. Prior to OSTP, Olsen served as Chief Scientist for NASA.
Dr. Olsen received a B.S. with honors from Chatham College and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Irvine.