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Speaker: Space and Astronomy

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GaudiB. Scott Gaudi, PhD, Professor, Dept of Astronomy

 Bio and Topics

B. Scott Gaudi is an American astronomer, exoplanet hunter, and astropolitician. He is the Thomas Jefferson Professor for Discovery and Space Exploration, a Professor of Astronomy, and Chair of Undergraduate Studies at The Ohio State University Department of Astronomy. He was chair of the NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (2012–2014) and the NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee (2012–2014). In 2018, Gaudi was co-chair of the National Academy of Sciences Exoplanet Science Strategy study. Dr. Gaudi was the recipient of the Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society in 2009, won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) in 2012, and receivedNASA’s Outstanding Public Leadership Medal in 2017.

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Topics: Search for life in the Universe; Search for and Characterization of Exoplanets

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HorackJohn M. Horack, PhD, Professor and Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy, Sr. Associate Dean, College of Engineering Interim Director, Center for Avia6on Studies

Bio and Topics

Dr. John M. Horack is the inaugural holder of the Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy, with a joint appointment between the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, in the College of Engineering, and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He is also the Senior Associate Dean of Engineering, and the Interim Director for the Ohio State Center for Aviation Studies. Before coming to Ohio State in 2016, Dr. Horack served as the Vice President for Space Systems at Teledyne Brown Engineering, as the Vice President for Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and spent nearly two decades as a NASA Civil Servant, performing original theoretical and experimental research in high-energy astrophysics, cosmology, and gamma-ray bursts, as well as serving as a member of the Senior Executive Service, leading the Science and Mission Systems Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Topics: Space Exploration/Astronomy/Astrophysics; Leadership, Motiva6on, Organizational Development; Science and Engineering in the Public Interest; Aviation/Aerospace

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