Dr. Theodor Kostiuk

Dr. Theodor Kostiuk

  • Emeritus
  • 301.286.8431
  • Mail Code: 693
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: EMERITUS
  • Research Interests

    Planetary and Earth atmospheres

    Planetary and Earth atmospheres (composition, thermal structure, dynamics); Spectroscopic Studies of Solar System Objects, the Sun, Stars, and Interstellar Medium; Infrared Astronomy; Stratospheric Research; Molecular Spectroscopy, Infrared Heterodyne Spectroscopy, Quantum Cascade and Diode Laser Spectroscopy; Infrared Upconversion Techniques, Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy, Infrared and Submillimeter Lasers, Experimental Solid State Physics, Electron Spin Resonance and Electronic Spin Echo investigations, Relaxation Phenomena in Solids, RF, mm, submm-wave technology; Remote Sensing Techniques. Small and CUBESAT satellite optical and spectroscopic systems using carbon nanotube mirrors.


    1966 - B.S., Physics - City College of New York
    1973 - Ph.D., Physics - Syracuse University


    1973 - 1974

    National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Resident Research Associate

    Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard Space Flight Center
    1974 - 1983

    Space Scientist, Infrared and Radio Astronomy Branch

    Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard Space Flight Center
    8/1983 - 7/1984

    Head, Molecular Astrophysics Section (Detail), Infrared and Radio Astronomy Branch

    Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard Space Flight Center
    10/1984 - 12/1984

    Acting Head, Infrared and Radio Astronomy Branch, Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics

    Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard Space Flight Center
    1989 - 1993

    Chair, Auroral Discipline, International Jupiter Watch- International Jupiter Watch Steering Committee

    Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard Space Flight Center
    1992 - 1994

    NASA Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (SSES), Member

    NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
    1993 - 1996

    Manager Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP)

    NASA, NASA Headquarters
    1991 - 2000

    Chief Scientist for Exploration Programs, Space Sciences Directorate

    NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
    2002 - 2009

    NASA Management Operations Working Group (MOWG) for Keck and Infrared Telescope Facility Telescopes

    NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center , NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
    2009 - Present

    Astrophysicist, Planetary Systems Laboratory, Solar System Exploration Division

    Goddard Space Flight Center, Goddard Space Flight Center

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society, Division for Planetary Sciences, 1975 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 1975 - Present
    Optical Society of America, 1974 - Present
    American Physical Society, 1969 - 2013
    American Institute of Physics, 1985 - Present
    American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1985 - Present


    1966 - CCNY Simon Sonkin Award for Excellence in Experimental Physics

    2017 – NASA Exceptional Service Medal      

     Received numerous GSFC Performance, Incentive, and Special Act awards

    Professional Service

    Goddard Space Flight Center Task Force on the Instrument Complement for the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS)1977.

    Organizer: NASA - US Army Workshop on Sub/Near Millimeter Wave Technology, July 30-31, 1980, at Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD.

    Secretary, NASA Workshop on the Studies of Solar System Objects from Earth Orbit, GSFC, October 9-10,1980.

    Co-Organizer and co-Chair: NASA OAST Workshop on Diode Laser Technology and Applications, GSFC, Greenbelt, MD, 1982.

    GSFC Representative NASA OAST Sensors Working Group 1987.

    Organizing Committee, Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 1985.

    Chair: Two sessions at Fourth International Conference on Infrared Physics, Zurich, Switzerland, August, 1988.

    Chair: Auroral Session at Magnetospheres of the Outer Planets Meeting, Annapolis, MD, August, 1990.

    Member of the German Planetary Telescope Science Working Group (Ionosphere/Stratosphere sub-Group) 1987.

    Chair, Auroral Discipline, International Jupiter Watch, 1989-1993.

    International Jupiter Watch Steering Committee, 1989-1993

    Scientific Program and Organizing Committee, Workshop on Astrophysics form the Moon, Annapolis MD, February 5-7,1990.

    NASA Huygens Probe Categorization Committee, May 25,1990.

    Chair, Jupiter and Outer Planets Studies Group, at Goddard Space Flight Center, 1988-1994.

    Program Committee, AGU Special Session, Physics of Io/Jupiter Connections, Baltimore, MD, May 1991. Auroral Session Chairman.

    Co-chair, Passive Heterodyne Sensing Panel, NASA Workshop on Technologies for Advanced Planetary Instruments, Pasadena, CA, May 8-10, 1991.

    Chair of advisory group (to NASA, Solar System Exploration Division) on possible US-USSR "Mars Watch" program. Organizer of "Mars Watch" Workshop at 1991 DPS Meeting, Palo Alto, CA, November 3, 1991.

    Chair, Organizing Committee, Member Program Committee: International Workshop on Variable Phenomena in Jovian Planetary Systems, Annapolis, MD, July 1992.

    Chief Scientist for Exploration Programs, Space Sciences Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center, 1991 -2000.

    NASA Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (SSES), Member, 1992 - 1994.

    Organizing Committee, 26th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Division of Planetary Sciences, Washington DC, 31 October - 4 November, 1994.

    Organizing Committee, IAU Colloquium 156: The Collision of Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 and Jupiter, Baltimore, Maryland, 9-12 May, 1995.

    Convener, Planetary Surface Instruments Workshop, Houston, Texas, May 12-13,1995.

    Member of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education Advisory Committee for Education and Public Outreach, 1996 –.

    Served on Hubble Space Telescope NICMOS proposal review panel, 1996.

    Served as Chair of review panel for New Millennium DS1 Mission Science Team proposals, 1996.

    Served on Categorization Committee for DS1 Mission Science Team proposals, 1996.

    Member of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum Advisory Committee on the Design of the exhibit -Voyage :Journey Through Our Solar System on the Mall. 1998-2001.

    Co-Chair, Astronomy in Ukraine 2000 and Beyond: Impact of International Cooperation, Kyiv, Ukraine, June 5-8, 2000.

    2002– 2009
    2002 Committee of Visitors, National Science Foundation, Division of Astronomical Sciences, Arlington VA, April, 2-4, 2004.

    Organizing Committee, NATO Advanced Study Institute, Photopolarimetry In Remote Sensing, Yalta, and Kyiv, Ukraine, September 20-October 10, 2003.

    Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics and Solar System Exploration Division Awards Committee, 2004- 2008.

    2002- 2009 - NASA Management Operations Working Group (MOWG) for Keck and Infrared Telescope Facility Telescopes,

    20012-2015 - Member of Telescope Allocation Committee (TAC) for the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF)

    Served as Chair and member on NASA Planetary Astronomy and Planetary Atmospheres review panels (last in PAST 2008)

    Served on several NSF Astronomy and Planetary sciences review panels.

    Refereed many papers for publication in refereed journals.

    Served on numerous review panels for research and flight proposals to NASA, National Science Foundation, and the Space Science Telescope Institute.

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