The Catholic University of America

Glenn M. Wahlgren

Contact Information

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 667
Greenbelt, MD, 20771 USA

Phone: (301) 286 4531
Fax: (301) 286 1752

Technical Skills

Foreign Languages: Swedish and (learning) Italian. 


PhD in Astronomy 1986, The Ohio State University

  • Thesis Topic: Photometry and Spectroscopy of RV Tauri Stars.

MA in Physics 1981, California State University, Long Beach.

  • Thesis Topic: Asteroid Light Curves.

BS in Astronomy 1978, Pennsylvania State University

Positions Held

  • Research Associate Professor, Catholic University of America at NASA GSFC (10/2006 - present)
  • Guest Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology (01/2007 - present)
  • Professor in Atomic Astrophysics, Lund Observatory, Lund University, Sweden (appointed 12/2005)
  • University Lecturer (Associate Professor) Lund Observatory, Sweden (07/2001 - 12/2005)
  • University Lecturer (Associate Professor) Dept. of Physics, Lund University, Sweden (01/1998 - 06/2001)
  • Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Physics, Lund University, Sweden (08/1994 - 12/1998)
  • Researcher, GHRS Instrument Team and CSC, at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (01/1989 - 7/1994)
  • Operations Astronomer, Computer Sciences Corporation, at Space Telescope Science Institute (7/1986 - 12/1988)
  • Teaching and Research Assistantships, The Ohio State University (09/1981 - 06/1986)

Professional Society Membership


Course Offerings:

Stellar astronomy, laboratory astrophysics, modern physics, spectroscopy seminar, galactic chemical evolution, graduate student seminar (also appropriate for undergraduates).

In the past, as a teaching assistant, I had teaching experiences with lectures and laboratory exercises for general astronomy courses, as well as planetarium presentations.

Thesis Supervision:

Supervisor at Lund University for both undergraduate and graduate student projects.

  1. Undergraduate theses (13)
  2. Licentiate theses (4)
  3. Doctoral theses (6)

Public Outreach

Observing with the public: I have always been interested in presenting the night sky to the public, dating back to the visit of Halley's Comet. More recently, for example, I coordinated and carried out public observing events for the transits of Mercury and Venus (from Lund, Sweden), and participated in Lund Observatory open-house nights. For IYA2009 I expect to be showing the night sky to the public at different venues.

Presentations and teaching: To astro clubs, teacher workshops and high school science classes