The STAR-X Proposal Team

Science Team

Will Zhang
Will Zhang
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Principal Investigator
Ann Hornschemeier
Ann Hornschemeier
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Deputy Principal Investigator
Edmund Hodges-Kluck
Edmund Hodges-Kluck
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Science Co-Lead, IMBH
Erin Kara
Erin Kara
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Science Co-Lead, TDEs, Reverberation
Brian Fleming
Brian Fleming
University of Colorado LASP
UVT Lead
Mike McDonald
Mike McDonald
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
High-redshift Galaxy Clusters and SZ Survey
Antara Basu-Zych
Antara Basu-Zych
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Data Processing and Archiving
Mark Bautz
Mark Bautz
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
High-redshift Galaxy Clusters Survey Planner
Niel Brandt
Niel Brandt
The Pennsylvania State University
Overall X-ray Survey Strategy
Brad Cenko
Brad Cenko
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Time-domain Astronomy Strategy
Kai-Wing Chan
Kai-Wing Chan
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/University of Maryland, Baltimore County
XRT Optics Lead
Francesca Civano
Francesca Civano
Center for Astrophysics/Harvard & Smithsonian
High-redshift Active Galaxy Survey Planner
Joel Coley
Joel Coley
Howard University
X-ray binaries, Nearby Galaxies Survey
Maya Fishbach
Maya Fishbach
Northwestern University
Neutron Star Merger Observing Strategist
Ryan Foley
Ryan Foley
University of California, Santa Cruz
Supernova/Transient Observer and
STAR-X/Roman Synergy Planner
Wen-fai Fong
Wen-fai Fong
Northwestern University
Neutron Star Merger and Supernova Observing Strategist
Kevin France
Kevin France
University of Colorado LASP
Stellar Flares Survey Planner, UV Survey Strategist
Roberto Gilli
Roberto Gilli
INAF-OAS
High-redshift Active Galaxies Survey
Daryl Haggard
Daryl Haggard
McGill University
Neutron Star Mergers, LIGO Synergy
Vicky Kalogera
Vicky Kalogera
Northwestern University
Neutron Star Mergers
Craig Markwardt
Craig Markwardt
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
SOC Lead
Eric Miller
Eric Miller
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
XRT Focal Plane Assembly Lead
Sebastian Pineda
Sebastian Pineda
University of Colorado LASP
Stellar Flares Survey Planner
Kim Weaver
Kim Weaver
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
AGN Reverberation Survey
Dan Wik
Dan Wik
University of Utah
Nearby Galaxy Clusters Survey
Mihoko Yukita
Mihoko Yukita
Johns Hopkins University
Data Processing and Archiving
Andreas Zezas
Andreas Zezas
University of Crete
Nearby Galaxies Survey

Involvement

US Institutions

  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • The Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian
  • Howard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Utah

International Institutions

  • National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), Observatory of Astrophysics and Space Science (OAS) - Italy
  • University of Crete - Greece
  • McGill University - Canada

Diversity

  • 26% Female
  • 29% Early-career (<10 years since PhD)
  • 21% Person of Color

Project Team: Roles and Responsibilities

Ball Aerospace

  • Spacecraft Provider
  • Observatory Integration and Testing

Goddard Space Flight Center

  • X-ray Optics
  • XRT Integration and Testing
  • Science Operations
  • Project Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Safety and Mission Assurance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • XRT Focal Plane Assembly

University of Colorado/LASP

  • UV Telescope
  • Mission Operations
Partner Logos: NASA GSFC, Ball, MIT, CU LASP

The Spacecraft, Instrument, and Engineering Teams

A subset of our technical team, at a meeting at CU/LASP in Boulder, CO on October 19, 2022.
A subset of our technical team, at a meeting at CU/LASP in Boulder, CO on October 19, 2022.
Front row: Eric Miller (MIT, XRT Focal Plane lead), Ann Hornschemeier (GSFC, Deputy PI), Will Zhang (GSFC, PI), Todd King (GSFC, PM), Brian Fleming (CU/LASP, UVT Lead)
Second row: Kim Banks (GSFC, UVT Instrument Systems Engineer), Matt Marcus (GSFC, Mission Systems Engineer), Craig Markwardt (GSFC, SOC Lead), Dmitry Vorobiev (CU/LASP, UVT Instrument Scientist), Michael Veto (Ball Aerospace, Capture Manager),
Third row: Mark Bautz (MIT, XRT Focal Plane), Dave Richardson (GSFC, Astrophysics Line of Business lead), Bob Seavy (Ball Aerospace, I&T Lead), Chris Lau (Ball Aerospace, Lead Systems Engineer), Jeanette Domber (Ball Aerospace, Astrophysics Program Lead), Aaron Comis (GSFC, XRT Instrument Systems Engineer), Tom Patton (CU/LASP, UVT Instrument Manager)
Back row: Bob Goeke (MIT, XRT Focal Plane)