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About half of the 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. Our scientists propose for and frequently win observing time on the currently active missions and also undertake AISRP and ADP funded research. The current HEASARC and LAMBDA scientists and their responsibilities are as follows.

Alan Smale (GSFC) is the HEASARC Director, leading the overall archive activities. In addition, he manages the HEASoft software group.

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. She is responsible for the XIMAGE and XRONOS packages in the XANADU software suite, and is the archive scientist for the Swift, Suzaku, Hitomi, and NICER missions.

Tom McGlynn (GSFC) is the HEASARC Archive Scientist, responsible for the archive interfaces. He also serves as Project Scientist for the NASA Astronomical Virtual Observatories (NAVO), a collaboration between the HEASARC, MAST, and IPAC.

Eric Switzer (GSFC) is the LAMBDA Science Lead. He is an active member of the Primordial Inflation Polarization Explorer (PIPER) team and did graduate and postdoctoral work with ACT and SPT.

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.

Tom Barclay (GSFC & UMBC) is deputy director of the TESS Science Support Center and coordinates between the HEASARC and the TESS project. He develops and supports TESS user software and the TESS Science Support Center website.

Antara Basu-Zych (GSFC & UMBC) splits her time between the HEASARC and the NASA Astronomical Virtual Observatories (NAVO) project, maintaining database tables, developing user software for HEASARC, and managing public advocacy activities for NAVO.

Mike Corcoran (GSFC & Catholic University of America) is the Fermi archive scientist, is responsible for the HEASARC's 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 ingest of database tables into the HEASARC's Browse and Xamin systems, keeps track of the HEASARC usage statistics, is the archive scientist for the XMM-Newton mission, and maintains inter alia the HEASARC's Meetings and Upcoming Dates and Deadlines web pages.

Tess Jaffe (GSFC & University of Maryland) splits her time between the HEASARC and LAMBDA, developing and enhancing a variety of Guest Observer software tools and applications.

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

Barb Mattson (GSFC & University of Maryland) was the lead of the HEASARC's Education and Public Outreach program.

Nathan Miller (GSFC & JHU) is a LAMBDA archive scientist who handles data ingest and bibliography, acts as liaison to the CMB community, and develops simulations for CMB polarization systematics.

Nils Odegard (GSFC & ADNET) works on the development and collection of new LAMBDA data products and provides guidance for scientific content.

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

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 website.

Janet Weiland (GSFC & JHU) works for LAMBDA on the implementation of new data products and helps guide CMB science content.

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 processing and archiving, database population, analysis software, and web programming, as well as providing user support for the HEASARC's services in some cases.

Mike Arida (ADNET Systems) performs system administration for the HEASARC.

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

Meredith Gibb (ADNET Systems) works on software and website development for the HEASARC-led NASA Astronomical Virtual Observatories (NAVO) initiative.

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 website. He also has system administration responsibilities for this site.

Bryan Irby (Wyle Information Systems) is the lead software developer responsible for building and distributing the HEAsoft software package to the astronomical community, and providing user support.

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

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

Michael Preciado (Syneren Technologies) develops Virtual Observatory (VO) applications and publishes HEASARC resources within the VO.

Kristin Rutkowski (ADNET Systems) develops and supports the HEASARC's XSPEC, CCfits, and CFITSIO software.

Ed Sabol (ADNET Systems) is the HEASARC's database administrator. Working closely with staff scientists, he ingests the tables and catalogs into the HEASARC database. He also works on many of the HEASARC's web-based tools and applications (notably ARK and RPS), various internal database applications, and back-end infrastructure which supports the HEASARC's web services (such as for Hera).

Doug van Orsow (Syneren Technologies) is working on proposal peer review support, bibliographic references and dataset cross-indexing, and HEASARC website maintenance.

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