What school subjects do you use at work? Almost all of them: Math, Physics, English, History, Chemistry, and the Arts.
What choices did you make growing up that helped you get to where you are today? I did not follow the "standard route" - I decided to make my own path. I tried to be good at many things: intellectual, athletic, and artistic. I spent three years competing in ice dancing after high school, and learned a lot about life and myself before starting college.
To succeed in academics, the most important choices are not really the big decisions, like where to go to college or graduate school, but rather the small choices you make about working carefully and diligently every day.
What do you like about your job? My job demands creativity and unusual thinking – what is new? How can we do things in a different way? I like to examine things from many perspectives and play with many ideas on a subject.
If you weren’t in your current position, what would you be? A dog day-care owner or a full-time flight instructor.
What do you do in your free time? I love flying, aerobatics, skydiving- this allows me to view the planet from unusual perspectives including in free fall and upside-down. I also enjoy scuba diving, indoor climbing, a myriad of other activities, and dogs (I mean big dogs!) > Back to Top
Randy - HST Development Project Scientist
What do you do in your job? I am the HST Development Project Scientist, responsible for ensuring all new hardware developed for SM4 meets its scientific goals. I am also the Instrument Scientist for the Wide Field Camera 3. The HST Project developed this facility instrument on behalf of the astronomical community and as such has no principal investigator. We have a local science team that is responsible for dealing with day-to-day issues related to the instrument's scientific performance and for carrying out its ground calibration. In addition, an external Science Oversight Committee, chaired by Prof. Robert O'Connell of the University of Virginia, represents the broader community and provides overall guidance regarding scientific matters.
Education BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and a Master’s and Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley also in Physics.
What do you do in your job? I am the HST Deputy Senior Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and have served in this capacity since 1993. Along with the senior project scientist, I advise and work with the HST Program Office in all the major functional areas, including servicing mission preparation and execution; the development of new science instruments; science operations and on-orbit anomaly resolution; public affairs activities including scientific press release development and review; work closely with colleagues at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore; and am involved in programmatic planning for the future.
What is your role in Servicing Mission 4? During SM4, I will serve on the management team, staffing a 12-hour ‘orbit shift’ at the Space Telescope Operations Control Center involving the EVAs, or spacewalks.
Education B.A. in Physics from Brown University and an M. A. and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Indiana University.
What do you do in your job? I am the HST Operations Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I provide scientific leadership, advice, guidance, and oversight to the Operations Project Manager and staff. I also monitor the in-orbit performance of flight instruments and other spacecraft systems, provide scientific guidance in the assessment and resolution of spacecraft anomalies, support preparations for and execution of HST servicing missions, support the development of future science instruments operations, and oversee current science operations at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
What is your role in Servicing Mission 4? During Servicing Mission 4, I will work on the Management Planning Shift in the Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) at Goddard. In this role, I will act as a liaison between the HST Project and the individual science teams, oversee analysis of data from the functional tests performed in-orbit on the new and repaired science instruments and lead the reporting of these results to senior project management, and provide general advice to project management on scientific priorities if trade-offs have to be made during the mission due to unexpected difficulties in servicing the telescope.
Education B.A. and M.A. in Astronomy from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from The Ohio State University.
What do you do in your job? I am the NASA Headquarters HST Program Scientist. I am responsible for monitoring and managing the science program for HST and ensuring the mission remains viable and true to NASA strategic objectives. I review materials from the project for their scientific validity and alignment with NASA goals and attend status meetings to report findings to upper management. I also devote time to the James Webb Space Telescope as it’s a developing program, and to research and analysis programs for infrared and submillimeter astronomy.
Education B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Virginia and a M.A. and Ph.D in Astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
What do you do in your job? I am the HST Senior Project Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I provide scientific leadership for all aspects of the Hubble program, including program management, spacecraft and science operations, development of new scientific instruments and in-orbit servicing. I ensure the scientific requirements for the Hubble program are achieved and that the telescope is scientifically productive and successful over its long lifetime. I serve as a member of the Hubble senior management team, helping plan and guide each servicing mission.
What is your role in Servicing Mission 4? During the mission I sit with our team in the Flight Control Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, monitoring how the mission is progressing and participating in discussions of how to respond should a contingency arise.
Education B.S. in Physics from Purdue University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from UCLA.