Dr. Becklin is the leader of all SOFIA science
activities. He works to see that the observatory science goals
are met and to ensure that the design, implementation, and
operation of the observatory - including its telescope and
instruments - will meet these goals. He closely reviews the
expected performance for the 2.5 m telescope, and the ongoing
development of the suite of Facility Instruments being readied
for the astronomical community for for first-light science.
Dr. Becklin's personal research interests include the investigation
of the nature of young stellar objects, planetary systems,
the Galactic Center and other galactic nuclei. In 2009, he was selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.