Rieffel earned her Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation, Groups Coarse Quasi-Isometric to the Hyperbolic Plane Cross the Real Line, concerned geometric group theory, and was supervised by Geoffrey Mess. After working for FX Palo Alto Laboratory, she joined NASA in 2012. In 2019 she won the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal.
With Wolfgang Polak, Rieffel is the author of the book Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction (MIT Press, 2011).
- Birth year from Library of Congress catalog entry, retrieved 2018-12-01.
- Eleanor G. Rieffel, NASA, retrieved 2018-11-18
- Eleanor Rieffel at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- NASA Ames Astrogram - September 2019 retrieved 2019-10-24.
- Reviews of Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction:
- Scarani, Valerio (February 2012), Physics Today, 65 (2): 53–55, Bibcode:2012PhT....65b..53S, doi:10.1063/pt.3.1442CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Vestal, Donald L. (August 2012), "Review", MAA Reviews
- Sgarbas, Kyriakos N. (June 2013), ACM SIGACT News, 44 (2): 31–35, doi:10.1145/2491533.2491543, MR 3095941CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)