Dr. Louise M. Prockter - (Co-Chair)
LOUISE M. PROCKTER is the director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas—a small scientific-community non-profit soft-money organization that runs one of the two large annual planetary sciences conferences. Dr. Prockter has been involved in robotic planetary missions throughout her career. She served as an imaging team associate on the Galileo and Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) missions; was a deputy project scientist and co-investigator on the MESSENGER mission; was a deputy project scientist for the Europa Clipper mission, and is currently a co-investigator on that mission’s camera team. Dr. Prockter’s scientific research focuses on the geomorphology and structural tectonics of icy satellites and other solar system bodies. She is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and has served on NASA’s Planetary Science Subcommittee. Dr. Prockter earned her Ph.D. in planetary geology from Brown University. She has participated in numerous advisory panels within the Academies—including the Committee for Planetary Exploration (COMPLEX), the Space Studies Board, and the Planetary Decadal Survey—as well as NASA Advisory Council’s Planetary Science Subcommittee.
Mr. Joseph H. Rothenberg - (Co-Chair)
JOSEPH H. ROTHENBERG is an independent consultant who has retired from NASA. He has over 52 years of space program management and engineering experience. He retired from Google, where he was the director of engineering for the Terra Bella (formerly Skybox) Remote Sensing Satellite division. Prior to joining Google he was president of Universal Space Network. Mr. Rothenberg retired from NASA in 2001 where he served in a number of positions including NASA’s associate administrator for space flight and director of the Goddard Space Flight Center. Mr. Rothenberg has extensive NASA program management experience and is widely recognized for leading the Hubble Space Telescope’s first Servicing Mission. Mr. Rothenberg has a B.S. in engineering science and a M.S. in management engineering from C.W. Post College of the Long Island University. He has served on the Academies Committee on NASA’s Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation, Committee to Review Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies, the Committee on Assessment of Options for Extending the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Committee on Human Spaceflight Crew Operations. He is a National Associate of the Academies.
Dr. David A. Bearden
DAVID A. BEARDEN is general manager of the NASA and Civil Space Division at The Aerospace Corporation. He is responsible for management and technical leadership of the company’s support to NASA headquarters and centers as well as civil space agencies. Dr. Bearden leads a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers that develops and sustains technical consulting business from civil agencies, commercial companies, and international space clients. Dr. Bearden has corporate responsibility for proposal preparation, project planning, and project delivery to NASA programs. Through training courses and daily involvement in the delivery of technical expertise to customers, Dr. Bearden has gained considerable expertise concerning the issues, risks, and potential solutions in many cutting edge technical fields including technology insertion analysis balancing benefit, cost and risk, as well as telecommunication and remote sensing. Dr. Bearden is a nationally recognized cost analysis expert, and has over 20 years of technical and management experience in the acquisition and development of advanced technology space systems. Since joining The Aerospace Corporation in Dr. Bearden led the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Analysis of Alternatives which earned him the 2006 Aerospace Corporation’s President’s Award. In the summer of 2009, he led an aerospace team that served as the technical arm of the Augustine Committee. Dr. Bearden has led various mission studies, including the Lunar Robotic Exploration Architecture and Mars Sample Return studies. Dr. Bearden was among the recipients of a NASA Group Achievement Award for Technical Support to Aquarius/SAC-D Standing Review Board. In 2015, Dr. Bearden was selected as an associate fellow of the AIAA. He also led an aerospace team that supported the last round of the decadal surveys using the Aerospace-developed Cost and Technical Evaluate (CATE) process. Dr. Bearden was awarded a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He has served on the Academies Committee on Survey of Surveys: Lessons Learned from the Decadal Survey Process, the Committee on Assessment of Impediments to Interagency Cooperation on Space and Earth Science Missions, and the Committee on NASA's Beyond Einstein Program: An Architecture for Implementation.
Dr. Scott Bolton
SCOTT BOLTON is an associate vice president at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Bolton also serves as the principal investigator for the Juno mission, a project within NASA’s New Frontiers Program. The Juno spacecraft is currently orbiting Jupiter. Dr. Bolton has more than 36 years’ experience in the field of aerospace and space science. Prior to becoming director at SwRI, Dr. Bolton was a senior scientist and manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for over 25 years. During his tenure at SwRI, Dr. Bolton oversaw the launches of New Horizons and IBEX, the selection of Juno, the confirmation of MMS, and the delivery of hardware for a number of non-NASA programs related to national security. Dr. Bolton also manages the coordination and development of future NASA mission and instrumentation proposals for the Space Science and Engineering Division at SwRI, managing the strategic plan, partnership selection, and proposal quality. He has held a wide range of positions including those associated with mission design, engineering, scientific research and program management for various space missions related to NASA’s exploration of the Earth, the solar system, and the fields astrophysics and space physics. Dr. Bolton received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Andrew M. Davis
ANDREW M. DAVIS is professor and chair of the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago where he also serves as professor of Geological Sciences at the Enrico Fermi Institute. His primary research interests are in isotopic and chemical analysis of (1) presolar, circumstellar dust grains recovered from meteorites to study stellar nucleosynthesis, (2) refractory inclusions within primitive meteorites to study the earliest history of the Solar System, and (3) samples of cometary and interstellar dust, the Sun, and asteroids returned to Earth by the Stardust, Genesis, and Hayabusa spacecraft (and in future, OSIRIS-Rex and Hayabusa 2). He served for many years on the Curation and Analysis Planning Team for Extraterrestrial Materials (CAPTEM), chairing the Genesis Sample Allocation Subcommittee and serving on the Stardust Sample Allocation Subcommittee. Over the past few years, the Chicago Instrument for Laser Ionization (CHILI) has been built in his laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in geochemistry from Yale University.
Dr. Alan W. Harris
ALAN W. HARRIS is a research scientist with MoreData! Inc., which takes and interprets photometric observations of asteroids and is funded by NASA and NSF. He has served as a member of the selection and review committee for the current NASA Discovery mission call, that resulted in the selection of missions Lucy and Psyche. Dr. Harris retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory after 28 years of service as a senior research scientist and as a principal investigator of NASA-sponsored research grant(s). He has served on numerous proposal and program review panels for NASA and NSF, as well as international committees. For example, while not a formal member of the Academies Committee to Review Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies, he presented at one of the meetings and provided expert review of the final report. Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. in earth and space sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Amanda R. Hendrix
AMANDA R. HENDRIX is a senior scientist with the Planetary Science Institute. Dr. Hendrix’s research interests focus on moons and small bodies in the solar system to understand composition, activity and evolution. Dr. Hendrix has led programs and published results in the Hubble Space Telescope, JSDAP, PG&G, OPR, LASER, and CDAP programs, among others. Dr. Hendrix is a co-investigator on the Cassini UVIS and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LAMP teams, was a co-investigator on the Galileo UVS team and served as the Cassini Deputy Project Scientist. In 2016 she published a book (Penguin/Random House) with co-author Charles Wohlforth, Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets, a discussion of the technological, medical, and social hurdles to overcome in considering a human space establishment in the outer solar system. She earned her Ph.D. in aerospace engineering with an emphasis in planetary science from the University of Colorado. She is a co-chair of the Roadmaps to Ocean Worlds group, serves as a steering committee member of the Outer Planets Assessment Group (OPAG), and is a member of the Hubble Space Telescope Europa Advisory committee.
Dr. Bruce M. Jakosky
BRUCE M. JAKOSKY is a professor in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also an associate director for science at LASP. Dr. Jakosky’s research interests are in the geology of planetary surfaces, the evolution of the Martian atmosphere and climate, the potential for life on Mars and elsewhere, and the philosophical and societal issues in astrobiology. He has been involved with the Viking, Solar Mesosphere Explorer, Clementine, Mars Observer, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, Mars Science Laboratory, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft missions. Dr. Jakosky headed the University of Colorado’s team in the NASA Astrobiology Institute for more than ten years. He also is the principal investigator of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to Mars. He has published nearly 200 papers in the refereed scientific literature, and has authored or co-authored a number of books, including “The Search for Life on Other Planets” and “Science, Society, and the Search for Life in the Universe”. Dr. Jakosky received his Ph.D. in planetary science and geophysics from the California Institute of Technology. He has served on the Academies Committee on Origins and Evolution of Life and the Committee on Astrobiology Strategy for the Exploration of Mars.
Dr. Margaret G. Kivelson
MARGARET G. KIVELSON (NAS) is a professor of Space Physics, emerita in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles and a research professor at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kivelson’s scientific interests are magnetospheric plasma physics of Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, interaction of flowing plasmas with planets and moons, and ultra-low frequency waves. She is currently a co-investigator on the Themis and Europa missions, and a collaborator on the fluxgate magnetometer on Cassini. She is the recipient of the Alfven Medal of the European Geophysical Union and the Fleming Medal of the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Kivelson earned her Ph.D. in physics from Radcliffe College. She has served on the Academies’ Committee on NASA Science Mission Extensions, the Plasma Science Committee, and the Committee on Planetary Science Decadal Survey: 2013-2022. Dr. Kivelson is a participant on the Europa flyby mission magnetosphere science team, but she is not involved in decision making or as an advocate for the instrument.
Dr. Juan Perez-Mercader
JUAN PEREZ-MERCADER is a senior research fellow and principal investigator in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. His current research interests are in the Experimental Physics and Chemistry of Self-Organization, Information in Non-equilibrium Physico-chemical Systems, Chemical Computation, Origins of Life, Theoretical Biology and Life Detection in Planetary Environments. Dr. Perez-Mercader previously served as the first director of Spain’s Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB), which he founded in 1998 in association with the NASA Astrobiology Institute. He is also Profesor de Investigación in Spain's National Research Council (CSIC) and an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute. He has authored about 150 research papers published in the best journals and five books, including a best-selling popular science book in Spanish. Dr. Perez-Mercader has two patents in biotechnology and one on chemical computers. He is also an elected member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. Dr. Perez-Mercader is the recipient of many honors and distinctions. Among these are one of the prizes given in 1994 by the Gravity Research Foundation, the European Physical Society Lecturer for the 2005 Celebrations in Bern of Einstein's 1905 work there, and the NASA Public Service Medal (NASA's highest honor to a non-NASA employee) and NASA's Group Achievement Award for exceptional achievement on REMS. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the City College of New York. He has served on the Academies Committee on the Review of NASA's Planetary Science Division's Restructured Research and Analysis Programs.
Mr. Mark P. Saunders
MARK P. SAUNDERS is an independent consultant. Since retiring from NASA in December 2008, he has been consulting to various NASA offices providing program/project management and systems engineering expertise. This effort has included support to the Office of Chief Engineer, the Office of Independent Program and Cost Evaluation, the Mars Program and the Science Office for Mission Assessments (at Langley Research Center). He has participated in the rewriting of NASA’s policy on program/project management; advised and supported the Agency’s independent program/project review process; and has supported the review of various programs and projects. At NASA headquarters he served as director of the independent program assessment office, where he was responsible for enabling the independent review of the Agency’s programs and projects at life cycle milestones to ensure the highest probability of mission success. At NASA’s Langley Research Center he was initially the deputy director and then the director, Space Access and Exploration Program Office (SAEPO) and had the responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating the center's research, technology, and flight programs for advanced aerospace transportation and human/robotic exploration systems. Prior to this he was the Manager of Exploration Programs and led all LaRC space exploration research and development activities supporting the agency’s Aerospace Technology (AST), Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS), and Space Science Enterprises (SSE). At the office of space science he served as program manager for the Discovery Program, and at the Space Station Freedom program operations he served as special assistant to the deputy director. He received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award, the Outstanding Performance awards, and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals. He earned his B.A. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in industrial engineering. He has served on the Academies Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences.
Dr. Suzanne Smrekar
SUZANNE SMREKAR is a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is a geophysicist with a focus on terrestrial planet evolution. She is currently the deputy principal investigator for the InSight Mission to Mars, and for InSights’ Heat flow and Physical Properties Package. Her research includes modeling of tectonic, volcanic, and convective processes, as well as analysis of gravity, topography, radar, imaging, and spectral data. Dr. Smrekar has served on various NASA science definition teams, working groups, and review panels, as well as on scientific organizing committees and as an editor for books and journal special issues. She has led the development of instrumentation to measure planetary heat flow, and has had science leadership roles on several planetary missions. She received her Ph.D. in geophysics from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. David J. Stevenson
DAVID J. STEVENSON (NAS) is the Marvin L. Goldberger professor of planetary science at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Stevenson’s research primary focus is on theoretical planetary science, including Earth, large moons, and planets in other solar systems. His research applies condensed matter physics and fluid dynamics to data from space missions, including NASA’s Galileo, Cassini, and Juno missions. Dr. Stevenson previously served as both the chairman of the GPS Division and the chairman of the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Stevenson was elected as a foreign associate of the National Academies. He is also a fellow of the AGU, the AAAS, and the Royal Society in London. He is a winner of the DPS (AAS) Urey Prize, AGU’s Whipple Award and the Hess Medal. Dr. Stevenson received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University. He served on the Astro2010 Panel on Planetary Systems and Star Formation, the Committee on Planetary Science Decadal Survey: 2013-2022, the Panel on Solar System Exploration and the Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science.
Dr. Barbara A. Cohen
BARBARA A. COHEN is a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She serves within NASA representing science interests and capabilities within human spaceflight planning. She is a principal investigator on multiple NASA research projects, a member of the mission teams operating the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers on Mars, and the principal investigator for Lunar Flashlight, a lunar cubesat mission. She is also the principal investigator for the Marshal Space Flight Center Noble Gas Research Laboratory (MNGRL) and is developing a flight version of her noble-gas geochronology technique, the Potassium-Argon Laser Experiment (KArLE), for use on future planetary landers and rovers. She has participated in the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) over three seasons, where she helped recover more than a thousand pristine samples for the U.S. collection, and asteroid 6186 Barbcohen is named after her. She received her Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the University of Arizona. Dr. Cohen served on the Planetary Science Decadal Survey: Inner Planets Panel and the Committee on the Scientific Context for the Exploration of the Moon.