Follow this link to skip to the main content
NASA Logo - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
+ View the NASA Portal

JPL Home Earth Solar System Stars & Galaxies Technology
The Solar System Ambassadors Program
Navigation Bar
Solar System Ambassador Profile

Rob Viens


Ambassador Since 2007

Bellevue, Washington 98007
Click Here To Email Robert Viens.

Biographical Information:


Photo of Ambassador Rob Viens Rob Viens was born in upstate New York where he grew up inspired by Pioneer, Voyager, and "Cosmos." He entered Cornell University with plans to be an astronomer, but found geology to be much more down to Earth. He moved to Seattle to pursue his PhD at the University of Washington, where he specialized in glaciers, climate, and Northwest geology. Rob spent his summers in Alaska "tracking glaciers" - trying to determine where they had been in the past and how they were affected by climate change. He spent several years teaching geology and environmental science around Puget Sound, designing web pages, and volunteering at the zoo, before accepting a full-time position at Bellevue Community College. At BCC Rob keeps busy teaching Intro Geology, History of the Earth, Northwest Geology, Geology of the Solar System, Ecology and the Biosphere, Field Methods in Environmental Science , and a quarterly seminar called Current Issues in Environmental Science. In addition, he is the Program Chair of the Life Science Program and the advisor of the BCC Student Science Association. These days he tries to spend as much time as he can in the mountains, tracking elusive serpentinites, bears, and rare plants. Rob currently resides on the Eocene Blakeley and Renton formations in Bellevue, with his wife and three cats.


Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

It's a Wonderful Night for a Moon Lecture
Lewis Creek Visitor's Center

Meteorites, Asteroids and Impact
Bellevue College

Rockhound's Guide to the Solar System
Bellevue Rock and Mineral Club

Stars and Planets
Bellevue College

Stars and Planets II
FISW School


Click here to view all upcoming events


View other Solar System Ambassadors in Washington
View Solar System Ambassadors by state

This page was last updated October 11, 2013
USA.GOV   NASA Home Page Site Manager: Kay Ferrari
Webmaster: Daniel Sedlacko
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Home Page NASA Home Page California Institute of Technology Home Page Main Page Meet The Ambassadors Image Gallery Calendar of Events Mission Events Calendar Ambassador Spotlights Ambassadors in the News Directory of Ambassadors Related Links