KEITH A. HAWKINS is an assistant professor of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are galactic and stellar archaeology, chemical composition of stars, stellar spectroscopy, exoplanet host star characterization, and galactic structure. He began as an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Texas where he was named a Scialog Fellow and a Kavli Fellow. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society and serves on their Committee for the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA), and he was chair, King’s College Graduate Society. He was a British Marshall Scholar and has received a Simons Foundation Junior Research Fellowship at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Cambridge. He has not previously served on an Academies’ Committee.
ALINA A. KIESSLING is a research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has a background in dark matter and dark energy research through weak lensing analysis of N-body simulations. She is currently working on the upcoming Euclid, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), and the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Formerly, she co-led an investigation on stratospheric airships, with the goal of determining whether these may become low-cost platforms for astrophysics (and Earth science) missions in the future. Dr. Kiessling received her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
KARIN ÖBERG is a professor of astronomy and director of Undergraduate Studies at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian. She is also leader of the Öberg Astrochemistry Group at the Center and specializes in astrochemistry and its impact on planet formation, including the compositions of nascent planets. She is recipient of the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Physics, and the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering. She received her Ph.D. from Leiden University. She has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
Angela V. Olinto
ANGELA V. OLINTO is the dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences at the University of Chicago. She is also the Albert A. Michelson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics with a joint appointment at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. She previously served as chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Olinto is best known for her contributions to the study of the structure of neutron stars, primordial inflationary theory, cosmic magnetic fields, the nature of the dark matter, and the origin of the highest energy cosmic rays, gamma-rays, and neutrinos. She is the principal investigator of the Probe of Extreme Multi-Messenger Astrophysics (POEMMA) space mission, a principal investigator of the Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO) on a super pressure balloon mission, and a member of the Pierre Auger Observatory. All three of these projects are designed to discover the origin of the highest energy cosmic particles, their sources, and their interactions. She received the Chaire d’Excellence Award of the French Agence Nationale de Recherche, the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at the University of Chicago. Olinto received her Ph.D. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She served on the Academies’ Astro2010 Panel on Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation.
BERNARD J. RAUSCHER is an experimental astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He serves as a detector scientist within the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Project and as a member of the JWST Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) Science Team. Rauscher has experience in detector development, including near-infrared detector arrays, photon counting CCDs, and most recently superconducting single photon detectors. His work has led to the development of Improved Reference Sampling and Subtraction for JWST NIRSpec and new algorithms for testing space flight hardware. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
RACHEL SOMERVILLE holds the George A. and Margaret M. Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics, and is a distinguished professor at Rutgers University. She also co-leads the galaxy formation group at the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Institute. Her research interests include galaxy formation and evolution, active galactic nuclei, cosmology and large-scale structure. Somerville was previously an assistant professor at University of Michigan, and held a joint appointment at John Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute. She earned the 2013 Dannie Heinemann Prize for Astrophysics and a 2014 Simons Investigator Award. Somerville received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Somerville has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.
James M. Stone
JAMES M. STONE is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in the School of Natural Sciences. Previously, he was the Emeritus Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and a professor of applied and computational mathematics at Princeton University as well as the chair of the University’s Department of Astrophysical Sciences. His research interests include star formation, accretion flows, interstellar gas dynamics, and the development of numerical algorithms for magnetohydrodynamics and radiation hydrodynamics. The public codes ZEUS-2D, released in 1992 by Stone and Michael Norman, and Athena, released in 2008 by Stone and his collaborators, are among the most powerful and widely used astrophysical codes. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society and received the organization’s Aneesur Rahman Prize for Computational Physics and the Dirk Brouwer Career Award from the American Astronomical Society. During his academic career, Stone has held academic positions at the Princeton University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Maryland. He is also member of the American Astronomical Association, the American Physical Society, and the International Astronomical Union. Stone received his Ph.D. for astronomy from the University of Illinois. He has previously served on several Academies’ committee.