Rachel Wyndham Obbard, PhD, is a materials scientist who specializes in the microstructural analysis of ice at its in situ temperatures, and designs laboratory and field equipment to support this work. Obbard holds a BSc. in Engineering Physics (minor: Geology) from the Colorado School of Mines, an MSc. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and a PhD. in Engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. At UNH she developed nanostructured TiC-Cr thin films for use in space. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the British Antarctic Survey’s Atmospheric Chemistry Group in 2007-2008 and has led multiple field campaigns in Antarctica and the Arctic. Her work is funded by NASA and the NSF Office of Polar Programs.