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Deputy Project Scientist
Dr. Thomas Roellig received his undergraduate education at Stanford University, graduating with a B.S. in Physics in 1975. He continued his graduate studies at Cornell University, receiving a Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics in 1981. Immediately after leaving Cornell Dr. Roellig took a position as an astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center, a position that he holds to this day. He currently is the leader of the Space IR Astronomy Group within the Astrophysics Branch at NASA Ames.
In his tenure at NASA Dr. Roellig has served in a leading role in a number of major NASA missions. The Infrared Telescope in Space was launched on a Japanese HII rocket in 1995 and subsequently retrieved by NASA’s space shuttle. Dr. Roellig served as the US Project Scientist, and US Principal Investigator for one of the science instruments, on this mission which successfully mapped 8% of the infrared sky. Dr. Roellig has served as Facility Scientist on the very successful Spitzer Space Telescope mission, as well as Deputy PI on the Infrared Spectrograph instrument on this observatory. Dr. Roellig is also currently serving as the Deputy Project Scientist on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) mission which is in development, with the first flight science data expected in spring 2010. His publication list currently includes over 140 refereed publications and published presentation abstracts. He has been the recipient of numerous NASA awards, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.