Brian J Williams

Brian J Williams

  • Research AST, Fields and Particles
  • 301.614.5085
  • 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.

    Personal website:

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

    Publications on ADS:

    http://www.tinyurl.com/brianwilliamspapers

    Research Interests

    Supernovae and supernova remnants

    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)

    Advanced X-ray Imaging Satellite (AXIS)

    Positions/Employment

    3/2010 - 4/2012

    Postdoc

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
    4/2012 - 4/2015

    NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

    NASA/ORAU, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD
    4/2015 - 2/2017

    Research Scientist

    Universities Space Research Association, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD
    2/2017 - 5/2018

    Support Scientist

    Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD
    5/2018 - Present

    Research Astrophysicist

    NASA, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD

    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

    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

    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.

    Personal website:

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

    Publications on ADS:

    http://www.tinyurl.com/brianwilliamspapers

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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