Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Brian J Williams

(Research AST, Fields and Particles)

 brian.j.williams@nasa.gov

 301.614.5085

Org Code: 662

NASA/GSFC
Mail Code: 662
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA

Brief Bio


Dr. Brian J. Williams joined Goddard's X-ray Astrophysics Laboratory in April of 2012 as a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, where he served until 2015. He then worked for two years as a university scientist with USRA at Goddard, before spending a year at Space Telescope Science Institute. He returned to Goddard as a civil servant in 2018. He serves as the NASA Project Scientist for the X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM), as well as the Associate PI for the Advanced X-ray Imaging Satellite (AXIS) Probe proposal.


Personal website:

https://asd.gsfc.nasa.gov/Brian.Williams/

Publications on ADS:

http://www.tinyurl.com/brianwilliamspapers

Research Interests


Supernovae and supernova remnants

Astrophysics: Supernovae & SNRs

Dr. Williams' interest is in supernova explosions, particularly in supernova remnants. He studies how stellar explosions interact with the interstellar medium of the galaxy, spreading elements like carbon, oxygen, and iron throughout the cosmos.

Current Projects


X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM)

X-ray Astrophysics


Advanced X-ray Imaging Satellite (AXIS)

Technology & Missions

Positions/Employment


Postdoc

North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC

March 2010 - April 2012


NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

NASA/ORAU - NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

April 2012 - April 2015


Research Scientist

Universities Space Research Association - NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

April 2015 - February 2017


Support Scientist

Space Telescope Science Institute - Baltimore, MD

February 2017 - May 2018


Research Astrophysicist

NASA - NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

May 2018 - Present

Education


Ph.D., Physics, North Carolina State University, May 2010

Advisors: Stephen P. Reynolds and Kazimierz J. Borkowski

B.S. Physics, Florida State University, May 2004

Professional Societies


American Astronomical Society

2005 - Present


American Physical Society

2005 - Present

Awards


NASA Early Career Achievement Medal, 2020

Teaching Experience


Summer 2011, 2010              PY 299 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics
                                                   North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Fall 2010                                  PHY 211 - General Physics I
                                                   Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Fall 2010                                  PHY 241 - General Physics I Laboratory
                                                   Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

Fall 2009 - Spring 2010        PY 411 & 412 - Classical Mechanics I & II
                                                   North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
                                                   Supplementary Instructor