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The HEASARC Staff

About half of the HEASARC staff are scientists who, in addition to their programmatic responsibilities, are expected to spend 25% of their time on active research. This philosophy of recruiting active hands-on scientists to support the community ensures that the services provided are the highest quality. The HEASARC scientists propose for and frequently win observing time on the currently active missions and also undertake AISRP and ADP funded research. The current HEASARC scientists and their responsibilities are as follows.

Alan Smale (GSFC) is the HEASARC Director, responsible for the overall activity.

Roger Brissenden (SAO) is the HEASARC Associate Director, with primary responsibility for the interface between the GSFC-based activities of the HEASARC and the Chandra X-ray Center.

Lorella Angelini (GSFC) is the HEASARC Project Scientist, and is responsible for the XANADU software (XIMAGE and XRONOS packages), and is the Swift, Suzaku, and Astro-H archive scientist.

Dave Chuss (GSFC) is the LAMBDA Science Lead and oversees all CMB science support, as well as serving as the archive scientist for the WMAP mission.


Keith Arnaud (GSFC & University of Maryland) is responsible for XANADU software (XSPEC) package and issues in X-ray spectroscopy, the XSELECT analysis environment, and some other parts of HEASoft.

Mike Corcoran (GSFC & USRA) is the Fermi archive scientist, is responsible for the HEASARC Calibration Database (CALDB), publishes the High Energy Astrophysics Picture of the Week, and maintains the Astro-Update web page.

Steve Drake (GSFC & USRA) leads the user help desk, the database table ingest into Browse, is the archive scientist for the RXTE and XMM-Newton missions, and maintains inter alia the HEASARC's Meetings and Upcoming Dates and Deadlines web pages.

Dale Graeslle (SAO) is Chandra CALDB scientist and is responsible for developing standard tools for the CALDB for file construction, index building, while ensuring backward compatibility.

Frank Marshall (GSFC) is the manager of mission operations for the HEASARC, and is also the NuSTAR archive scientist.

Barb Mattson (GSFC & USRA) is the lead of the HEASARC's Education and Public Outreach program.

Tom McGlynn (GSFC) is the HEASARC Archive Scientist, and is responsible for the archive interfaces, leading the interdisciplinary/inter-archive access activities, including coordination with the Virtual Observatory (VO).

Deborah Padgett (GSFC) is comparing the HEASARC data interfaces and tools with those at other archives. looking for areas where the HEASARC can improve interoperability and functionality.

Bill Pence (GSFC) led the HEASARC's FITS activities, viz., the CFITSIO, HEAsoft, and fv software development, as well as the Hera project, until his retirement in 2014. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity for these activities in his GSFC-emeritus position.

Arnold Rots (SAO) is the Chandra Archive Scientist. He ensures coordination and integration of Chandra data with the HEASARC interfaces, and has developed bibliographic database software for multi-mission use.

Steve Sturner (GSFC & UMBC) is the archive scientist for the INTEGRAL mission, in which role he oversees the ingest of INTEGRAL data into the archive and maintains the INTEGRAL web site.


The other members of the HEASARC staff include system analysts, software and website developers, and programmers, many of whom work for other GSFC or SAO projects in addition to their HEASARC responsibilities. These staff, many of whom have advanced degrees in astronomy and physics, support data ingest, database population, analysis software, and Web programming, as well as in some cases providing user support for the HEASARC's services.

Mike Arida (ADNET Systems) coordinates the HEASARC Guest Observer Facility, and is responsible for the updating and maintenance of the WebPIMMS tool. He also has system administration duties.

Pan Chai (Wyle Information Systems) is working on the development of the Hera software.

Meredith Gibb (Syneren Technologies) is responsible for the overall HEASARC Web design, some Web development, and much of the HEASARC's print and Web graphics.

Craig Gordon (Wyle Information Systems) is responsible for the development and support of the XANADU software XSPEC.

Michael Greason (ADNET Systems) manages the web pages and data archive for the CMB portion (LAMBDA, the Legacy Archive for Microwave Background Data Analysis) of the HEASARC web site. He also has system administration responsibilities for this site.

Bryan Irby (Wyle Information Systems) is the FTOOLS software maintainer.

Bill Joye (SAO) is responsible for the development and support of the SAOImage DS9 astronomical data visualization software.

Laura MacDonald (ADNET Systems) is responsible for the design and development of the Browse and Skyview web sites.

Urmila Prasad (ADNET Systems) provides CMB web site and database administration support.

Michael Preciado (INNOVIM) develops Virtual Observatory (VO) applications and publishes HEASARC resources within the VO. He is funded through the NVO.

Tim Reichard (ADNET Systems) has been working on the development of software for the upcoming Astro-H mission.

Gail Rohrbach (Vantage Systems) provides support for the HEASARC Calibration Database (CALDB), and for the RXTE data archive and GOF web site.

Edward J. Sabol (ADNET Systems) is the HEASARC's database administrator and programs various Web-based applications (such as ARK, database applications, and client/server software solutions (notably RPS) that support the HEASARC's on-line services.

Doug van Orsow (INNOVIM) is working on Peer Proposal Review support, bibliographic and data set cross-indexing, and HEASARC web site maintenance.



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