William D. Vacca

Principal Scientist/Science Instrument Support Manager

Phone: (650) 604-3494
Fax: (650) 604-1984

Mailing Address:
SOFIA Science Center
NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop N232-12
P.O. Box 1
Moffett Field, CA 94035

SOFIA focus areas/responsibilities:

Lead Scientist for Data Pipeline System (DPS) and Data Cycle System (DCS) groups
Manager of the DPS group
Calibration Scientist for FORCAST, FLITECAM, FIFI-LS, and HAWC+ instruments

Research interests:

Massive stars, superstar clusters, supernovae, starburst galaxies


M. Sc., PhD: University of Colorado 1992, (PhD Advisor Dr. P. Conti)
B. Sc., M. Sc.: MIT 1984

Professional Experience:

2003 - present: SOFIA Science Center
2000 - 2002: Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik
1998 - 2000: NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

Highlight publications:

"Near-Infrared Spectroscopy of TW Hya: A Revised Spectral Type and Comparison with Magnetospheric Accretion Models"
2011, ApJ, 732, 8.

"Spectral Classification of the Brightest Objects in the Galactic Star Forming Region W40"
2012, AJ, 144, 116.

"Observations of Type Ia Supernova 2014J with FLITECAM on SOFIA"
2015, ApJ, 804, 66.