Thomas Zurbuchen

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Thomas Zurbuchen
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Born1968
EducationUniversity of Bern
OccupationAstrophysicist
Known forAssociate Administrator, NASA (2016-current)

Thomas Hansueli Zurbuchen (born 1968) is a Swiss-American astrophysicist. Since October 2016,[1] he has been the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA.[2] Prior to this, he was Professor of Space Science and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he helped found the Center for Entrepreneurship.

Biography[edit]

Zurbuchen studied physics at the University of Bern, with a minor in mathematics, and was awarded the PhD in 1996 with a thesis entitled "Turbulence in the interplanetary medium and its implications on the dynamics of minor ions".[3] He then joined the University of Michigan as a research associate, and was made professor in 2008. His scientific research focuses on solar and heliospheric physics, experimental space research, and space systems; he is also well known for his personal work on innovation and entrepreneurship.

In 2004, Zurbuchen was awarded the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.[4] He served as team leader for the development of one of the scientific instruments aboard NASA's Messenger spacecraft to Mercury, the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer.[5] He chaired the National Academy of Sciences committee that produced a report in 2016 on Cubesats.[6]

Zurbuchen is married with two children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASAWatch article announcing Zurbuchen's NASA appointment". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Thomas Zurbuchen bio at NASA". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Astrophysics Data System reference for Zurbuchen's thesis". Bibcode:1996PhDT........34Z.
  4. ^ "PRNewsWire article "White House Announces Awards for Early Career Scientists and Engineers"l".
  5. ^ "FIPS Page at University of Michigan". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Achieving Science with CubeSats: Thinking Inside the Box (2016)". Retrieved 17 January 2017.

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