The Catholic University of America

Research Faculty

Tomoko Adachi

Research Associate

E-mail: tomoko.adachi-1@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 4385
Website: Personal Webpage
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 553, B11:E020
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Arthur C. Aikin

Research Associate

Dr. Aikin’s areas of expertiseare planetary atmosphere and ionospheres. He is currently conducting researchin the area of meteoric material interaction with the atmosphere and ionosphereincluding measurement of meteoric component atoms and ions. In addition he isworking in the area of terrestrial mesosphere and thermosphere atmosphericmodels.      

E-mail: aaikin1@verizon.net
Telephone: +1 301 286 5333
Telephone: +1 301 351 9654
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 695, B23:E141
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Boncho Bonev

Research Assistant Professor
Teaching instructor: Department of Education

E-mail: bonev@cua.edu
Telephone: +1 301 286 1804
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 693, B34:W250
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Dennis Bodewits

Research Associate

E-mail: dennis.bodewits@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 8151
Fax: +1 301 286 0212
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar System Exploration Division
Code 690, B34:W251
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Jeffrey W Brosius

Assistant Research Professor

E-mail: jeffrey.w.brosius@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 6200
Fax: +1 301 286 1617
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar Physics Laboratory
Code 671, B21:181A
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Ronald C. Carlson

Research Associate

E-mail: ronald.c.carlson@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 0507
Fax: +1 301 286 1683
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar System Exploration Division
Planetary Systems Laboratory
Code 693, B34:S183
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Peter C. Chen

Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Chen research interests are in developing new technologies and instruments for future space missions. Specific areas include: 1) development of extremely black carbon nanotube coatings for baffles and interiors of space telescopes; 2) design and fabrication of high temperature superconductor (HTS) bearings for telescopes on the Moon and in space; 3) experiments with using ‘moondust’ (lunar soil simulants) to build habitats, make telescope mirrors, and fabricating radiation shields for future deep space missions • study the use of HTS for maglev launchers on the Moon; 4) investigate the use of organic materials to build extremely lightweight telescope mirrors for ground-based and space borne astronom.

E-mail: peter.c.chen@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 5143
Fax: +1 301 286 1752
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, T21B:001
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Pamela E. Clark

Research Associate

E-mail: pamela.e.clark@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 7457
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 695, B22:180
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Martin A. Cordiner

Research Fellow

Martin Cordiner is working on astrochemistry and  astrobiology. His particular interests are in theoretical and
observational studies of the chemistry of interstellar clouds, star-forming regions, circumstellar envelopes and comets, with an emphasis on the formation and evolution of large organic molecules.
 

E-mail: martin.cordiner@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 8797
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Astrochemistry Laboratory, Code 691
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Aaron Coyner

Research Associate

E-mail: coyner@cua.edu
Telephone: +1 301 286 8968
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B21:022
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Steve Curtis

Research Associate Professor

Steve Curtis was Chief of NASA's Laboratory for Planetary Magnetospheres for 22 years during which time the Laboratory sent instruments to every planet in the solar system. As Project Scientist for Theory in the International Solar Terrestrial Physics mission, he led a large multi institutional team in the first application of global simulation codes to problems in space weather. He also conceived, and led  as Project Scientist , the Magnetospheric  Multiscale mission until 2006. His patent protected research includes the development of electron beam technology to clean telescope mirrors and other surfaces in space or in vacuum planetary and asteroid environments. The underlying physics of this work provides a pathway in which space weather processes can be shown to control the structure of planetary solar systems. In his final role at NASA as Senior Scientist for Robotics and Exploration Technology, he developed the technology for autonomous systems,  including synthetic skeletal muscular system,  synthetic neural system, psychological stability, emotion embedding,  sensor linkage to external environment, and adaption to finite computational bandwidth of the hosting platform. The first four of these areas are the subjects of 4 issued U.S. Government patents, the others are submitted patents in process. Steve is presently working with CUA researchers in Phyiscs and Engineering to advance this architecture.

E-mail: tetrobotics.steve.curtis@gmail.com
Website: Personal Webpage

Corinne M. Eby

Research Associate

E-mail: corinne.m.eby@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 0120
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 690, B34:W231
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Artem Feofilov

Research Associate

E-mail: artem-feofilov@cua-nasa-gsfc.info
Telephone: +1 301 286 5660
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 674, B26:C218
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Sergei I. Ipatov

Research Associate

Dr. Sergei Ipatov studied the ejection of material from Comet Tempel 1, the migration of celestial bodies (planetesimals, asteroids, trans-Neptunian objects, and planets) and dust in the forming and present Solar System, and the formation of satellites of small bodies. Earlier he also made studies of the accumulation of planets, the asteroid and comet hazard to the Earth,  the recognition of cosmic ray signatures on CCD images,  the origin of the Kirkwood gaps, the collapse of the presolar cloud, and the radiative transfer in atmospheres.

E-mail: sergei.i.ipatov@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 0852
Fax: +1 301 286 1617
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Astrophysics Science Division
Code 665, T21A:001
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Rosina C. Iping

Research Associate

E-mail: rosina.c.iping@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 4587
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Astrophysics Science Division
Code 665, B34:E353
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Gladys Vieira Kober

Research Associate

E-mail: gladys.v.kober@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 4530
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 667, B34:E315
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Vladimir A. Krasnopolsky

Research Professor

E-mail: vkrasn@verizonmail.com
Telephone: +1 301 220 1425

Alexander A. Kutepov

Associate Research Professor

Non-LTE radiative transfer in molecular bands of planetary atmospheres, non-LTE diagnostics
of infra-red space observations of the Earth's and planetary atmospheres, infra-red radiative
cooling/heating of the Earth's and planetary middle and upper atmospheres.

E-mail: alexander.a.kutepov@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 5411
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 674
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Derek Lamb

Research Associate

E-mail: lamb@cua.edu
Telephone: +1 301 286 5345
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B21:177B
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Maxim Kramar

Research Associate

E-mail: kramar@helio.gsfc.nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 0878
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B21:165
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Pertti Makela

Research Associate

Dr. Makela's research focuses on solar energetic particle (SEP) events and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Recently he has studied SEP and energetic storm particle (ESP) events together with solar radio burst observations. Dr Makela is a co-investigator of the EPD/LED particle instrument on the Solar Orbiter mission.

E-mail: pertti.makela@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 1312
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Yana Maneva

Research Associate

 

E-mail: yana.g.maneva@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 3802
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 673
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Vilem Mikula

Research Associate

Vilem Mikula is working  at detector develop laboratory. He is using procedures like photolithography, e-beam lithography, ion milling, thermal evaporation, dry etch and wet etch to construct detectorsand other devices (like microshutter array for JWST) for satellites and telescopes.

E-mail: 25MIKULA@cardinalmail.cua.edu
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 5650
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 553, B11:E009
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Ryan Milligan

Research Associate

E-mail: ryan.o.milligan@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 5114
Fax: +1 301 286 1617
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B21:173A
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Thomas G. Moran

Assistant Research Professor

E-mail: moran@esa.nascom.nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 4474
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, Bxx:xxx
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Teresa Nieves-Chinchilla

Research Associate

E-mail: teresa.nieves-chinchil-1@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 8681
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 672, B21:193
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Norman F. Ness

Research Professor

E-mail: nfness@udel.edu
Telephone: 610-274-0502
Office Address: 9 Wilkinson Drive
Landenberg, PA 19350

Sten F. Odenwald

Research Associate

E-mail: sten.f.odenwald@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 6953
Fax: +1 301 286 1771
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Heliophysics Division
Code 672, B26:157
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Krister E. Nielsen

Assistant Research Professor

E-mail: nielsen@cua.edu
Website: Research
Telephone: +1 412 343 0270
Office Address: 229 Inglewood Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Leon Ofman

Research Professor

E-mail: leon.ofman@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 9913
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B21:177B
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Vladimir Osherovich

Research Associate

E-mail: VladimirOsherovich@gmail.com
Telephone: +1 301 286 2413
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 673, B26:106B
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Judit M. Pap

Associate Research Professor

E-mail: judit.m.pap@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 7511
Fax: +1 301 286 1617
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B22:164
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Yana Radeva

Research Associate

E-mail: radeva@cua.edu
Telephone: +1 301 286 9072
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 690.3, B34:W253
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Lutz Rastaetter

Research Associate

E-mail: lutz.rastaetter@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 5345
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Community Coordinated Modeling Center
Code 671, B21:177B
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Michael J. Reiner

Research Associate

E-mail: michael.reiner@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 2595
Fax: +1 301 286 1433
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 695, B22:154
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Nelson L. Reginald

Assistant Research Professor

E-mail: nelson.l.reginald@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 3040
Fax: +1 301 286 1617
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar Physics Laboratory
Code 671, B21:022
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Joachim M. Schmidt

Research Associate

E-mail: joachim.m.schmidt@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 4168
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B21:165
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Richard A. Schwartz

Research Associate

E-mail: richard.a.schwartz@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 4714
Fax: +1 301 614 6522
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B21:173B
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Myron R. Smith

Asst. Res. Professor

Since 1997 my "functional work" has been as an archive sciencest for the Multi-Mission Archive at Space Telescope Science Institute (MAST). My research interests include the elucidation of physical processes in massive hot stars, especially Be stars. This work includes the study of X-ray, UV, and optical spectra (and sometimes light curves) of unusual Be variables such the "gamma Cas" stars: these are main sequence objects that emit copious amounts of X-rays over a variety of timescales, from very rapid flares to 2-3 month-long cycles. The fact that many of these X-ray variations are correlated with UV and optical attributes makes the search for the physical cause of the X-ray emission complicated, intriguing, and rewarding! I have also been working on detailed UV spectral atlases of B stars (published) and O stars. These atlases are unique in that they use non-LTE model atmospheres to identify all the lines observed in the photospheric spectra of these objects.

E-mail: msmith@stsci.edu
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 401 338 5036
Fax: +1 401 338 5036
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 674, B21:269A
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Richard D. Starr

Research Associate Professor

Richard Starr has been funded through NASA grants to conduct X-ray, gamma-ray, and neutron studies at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD since 1980.  His current work is primarily in the field planetary physics.

E-mail: richard.d.starr@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 5073
Fax: +1 301 614 6522
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 691, B34:W272
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Yang Su

Research Associate

E-mail: yangsu@helio.gsfc.nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 3413
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar Physics Laboratory
Code 671, B21:169
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Vadim Uritsky

Research Associate

Dr. Vadim Uritsky studies the impact of mutiscale  turbulence and complexity on key mechanisms  of plasma transport, acceleration and heating in heliophysical systems. He conducts an innovative cross-disciplinary research program integrated into several ongoing and planned NASA missions, including THEMIS, MESSENGER, SOHO, STEREO, and MMS. One of the major goals of this program is to measure and understand transient multiscale signatures of magnetic reconnection. The conceptual novelty of  this research is in its focus on rapidly evolving cross-scale interactions comprising both deterministic and stochastic modes of plasma behavior. Dr. Uritsky creates a comprehensive methodology for the detection, quantification and theoretical interpretation of the intermittent multiscale transients associated with magnetic reconnection as manifested in magnetospheric and solar observations, as well as in numerical simulations. These methods and tools are used for: (a) exploring physical mechanisms of plasma turbulence; (b) verifying its role in the initiation and further development of collisionless magnetic reconnection; (c) determining multiscale magnetic topologies supporting steady and explosive growth of the initial instability; (d) identifying transient multiscale properties of the reconnection dynamics associated with secondary fluid dynamics driven by the reconnection outflows; (e) understanding the role of the multiscale solar photospheric network in coronal heating and flaring activity.
 
E-mail: vadim.uritsky@nasa.gov
Telephone:  
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar Physics Laboratory
Code 671, B21
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Ekaterina M. Verner

Research Scientist/Education & Public Outreach Coordinator

E-mail: ekaterina.m.verner@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 3011
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 674, B21:L210
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Dr. Geronimo L. Villanueva

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Villanueva’s main area of research is high-resolution molecular-spectroscopy of planetary and cometary atmospheres. He is currently investigating the existence of biomarker gases on Mars and the formation of the Solar System using high-resolution spectroscopy at infrared (NASA-IRTF, Keck-2, VLT, and Gemini South telescopes), sub-millimeter (HHSMT, JCMT and KP12m telescopes), and X-ray/UV (Swift spacecraft) wavelengths. Dr. Villanueva has participated in many projects at three space agencies, NASA, ESA and DLR, with a broad range of research experience in planetary, cometary, atmospheric, Space and computational sciences.

E-mail: geronimo.villanueva@nasa.gov
Website: http://astrobiology.gsfc.nasa.gov/Villanueva
Telephone: +1 301 286 1528
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 690.3, B34:W250
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Glenn M. Wahlgren

Research Associate Professor

E-mail: glenn.m.wahlgren@nasa.gov
Website: Personal Webpage
Telephone: +1 301 286 4531
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 667, B34:W257
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Tongjiang Wang

Research Associate

Dr. Wang's areas of expertise are waves, dynamics and flare activities in solar corona. He is currently conducting research in the area of measurements of properties of various MHD waves in solar corona using space-based imaging and spectroscopic X-ray and EUV observations from Yohkoh/SXT, TRACE, SOHO/EIT and SUMER, Hinode/EIS and SDO/AIA, which are the important ground for development of coronal seismology in combination with MHD modeling.

E-mail:

tongjiang.wang@nasa.gov

Website: Personal Webpage

Telephone:

+1 301 286 4168
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar Physics Laboratory
Code 671, B21: 026
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Eva S. Wirstrom

Research Associate

Dr. Wirström is interested in how the chemistry of interstellar gas-clouds from which stars are born is influencing the conditions of star and planet formation. Her research involves studying the interaction between chemistry taking place on the surfaces of interstellar dust grains and chemistry in the gas-phase of these clouds, both by observing mm and sub-mm radiation from gas-phase interstellar molecules and by modeling chemical evolution. Emphasis is put on the chemistry of water and large organics. Dr. Wirström is part of the Goddard Center for Astrobiology.

E-mail:

eva.s.wirstrom@nasa.gov

Website: Personal Webpage

Telephone:

+1 301 614 5222
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Astrochemistry Laboratory
Code 691, B34: 253
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Hong Xie

Research Associate

Dr. Hong Xie has been working on data analysis of coronal mass ejections (CMEs), CME-driven shocks, and associated geomagnetic storms. Her research interests include the origin, three-dimensional structure, and evolution of CMEs and shocks. She has developed new analytical CME cone model fitting procedure, and incorporated a geometrical flux-rope model fitting for STEREO/COR coronagraph images.

E-mail: hong.xie@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 7027
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Solar Physics Laboratory
Code 671, B21:162
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Seiji Yashiro

Research Associate

E-mail: seiji.yashiro@nasa.gov
Telephone: +1 301 286 6144
Office Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 671, B22:C175
Greenbelt, MD 20771