Helping Scientists Succeed

Niebur Consulting is an independent, woman-owned business dedicated to helping scientists succeed.  Susan Niebur, the CEO and lead consultant, runs a fast-paced practice active in the following areas:

Space science history - To properly plan for the future, we must first understand the past.  Dozens of interviews with principal investigators, project managers, co-investigators, and engineers form a rich narrative that brings to life the cut-and-dried lessons learned from past small planetary missions in the Discovery Program.  These stories are being collected and will be published, with analysis of the program, in a full-length book in 2012.  This work is funded through a joint research grant from NASA SMD and the NASA History Office.  

Women in Planetary Science - Women are not yet employed on NASA missions at rates comparable to their representation in the field.  Susan conducts independent research in this area and has started several initiatives to increase awareness of the issue and action by women scientists in the field, including the Women in Planetary Science Blog, a group web site on which she has posted nearly 100 articles, several targeted email discussion lists, and annual networking events for the LPSC community.  A new profiles project, funded in part by a NASA Outreach supplement grant, will be launched in December 2009.

Social Media - A comprehensive online presence allows mission teams to engage the public in space science missions in ways that far surpass information sharing and news articles about recent discoveries.  With just a few clicks, teachers can find information, lesson plans, and people willing to talk about their experience, to enchant and inspire students.  Scientists can engage with each other in collaborative work not possible just a few years ago.  No outreach or mission proposal today is complete without social media; Susan is active in the twitter, blogging, and facebook communities, and welcomes inquiries about how to best use these tools to build community and spread knowledge.

Proposal reviews, strategy sessions, and workshops can help scientists and engineers in your organization express themselves more clearly, write targeted proposals, and win new grants or contracts for space science missions, research, education and public outreach, and social media integration.  Niebur Consulting is experienced and ready to help you get started, whether you are a new proposer; working with a new team; looking to incorporate social networks into your outreach plans; or just want another pair of eyes to review your work.  Email Niebur Consulting for more information.