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NASA LISA Study Team

The Purpose of the NASA LISA Study Team

The NASA LISA Study Team was established by NASA HQ in October 2017 to assist the U.S. community in preparing for the 2020 astrophysics Decadal Survey and provide input to the Study Office and NASA HQ on the LISA mission. It consists of independent U.S. scientists with expertise in gravitational wave technologies, signal analysis, and astrophysics. Additional members were added to the team in October 2019.

The terms of reference for the LISA ST are available here.

The NASA LISA Study Team replaced the L3ST, which conducted studies of possible U.S. hardware contributions to LISA.

Study Team Members and Institutions

Name Institution Member Since
Jillian Bellovary CUNY-Queensborough 2017
Peter Bender University of Colorado 2017
Emanuele Berti Johns Hopkins University 2017
Warren Brown Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory 2017
Robert Caldwell Dartmouth College 2017
Neil Cornish Montana State University 2017
Jeremy Darling CASA, University of Colorado Boulder 2019
Matthew Digman Ohio State University 2019
Mike Eracleous Pennsylvania State University 2017
Kayhan Gultekin University of Michigan 2019
Zoltan Haiman Columbia University 2019
Kelly Holley-Bockelman (Chair) Vanderbilt 2017
Joey Key University of Washington, Bothell 2017
Shane Larson Northwestern University 2017
Xin Liu University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2019
Sean McWilliams West Virginia University 2017
Priyamvada Natarajan Yale University 2017
David Shoemaker Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2017
Deirdre Shoemaker Georgia Institute of Technology 2017
Krista Lynne Smith Stanford / Southern Methodist University 2019
Marcelle Soares-Santos Brandeis University 2019
Robin (Tuck) Stebbins University of Colorado 2017

NLST Alumni:
Brittany Kamai Caltech 2017 - 2019
Craig Hogan Fermilab 2017 - 2019
Guido Mueller University of Florida 2017 - 2019

Ex-officio/Observers
Terri Brandt NASA PCOS Program Office
Rita Sambruna NASA Headquarters
Ira Thorpe NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Elizabeth Ferrara, Executive Secretary University of Maryland
Paul McNamara (ESA Observer) European Space Technology Centre
Martin Hewitson (ESA/Consortium Observer) Albert Einstein Institut/Leibniz Universitat Hannover

NASA Representatives to the ESA LISA Science Study Team

ESA's LISA Science Study Team is the primary science advisory body for the mission. Members of the NASA LISA Study Team have been named to the SST as representatives of the U.S. scientific community.

Name Institution
Kelly Holley-Bockleman Vanderbilt
David Shoemaker MIT
Robin (Tuck) Stebbins Univ. of Colorado

Ex-officio:
Ira Thorpe NASA GSFC
Rita Sambruna NASA GSFC

Study Office

The Purpose of the Study Office

The LISA Study Office at GSFC is a pre-project entity that coordinates U.S. participation in the ESA-led LISA mission. Activities include participating in mission definition, developing technologies and data analysis infrastructure, and laying the groundwork for future participation in LISA by the U.S. science community. The Study Office is led by a Study Scientist, a Study Manager, and a System Engineer and is supported by a core team of scientists and engineers at NASA centers and U.S. universities.

Key Personnel

Name Institution
Ira Thorpe, Study Scientist NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Norman Rioux, System Engineer NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Terence Doiron, Study Manager NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Elizabeth Ferrara, Executive Secretary University of Maryland

Principal Core Team Members

Name Institution
John Baker NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jordan Camp NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
John Conklin University of Florida
Curt Cutler NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Ryan DeRosa NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Ritva Keski-Kuha Goddard Space Flight Center
William Klipstein NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Tyson Littenberg NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Jeff Livas NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Kirk McKenzie NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Guido Mueller University of Florida
Jeremy Schnittman NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Jacob Slutsky NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Robert Spero NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Michele Vallisneri NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Brent Ware NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Peter Wass University of Florida
John Ziemer NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory