Solar System Exploration Division

Theodor Kostiuk

(Emeritus)

 theodor.kostiuk-1@nasa.gov

 301.286.8431

Org Code: 693

NASA/GSFC
Mail Code: 693
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: EMERITUS

Research Interests


Planetary and Earth atmospheres

Solar System: 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.

Education


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

Positions/Employment


National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Resident Research Associate

Goddard Space Flight Center - Goddard Space Flight Center

1973 - 1974



Space Scientist, Infrared and Radio Astronomy Branch

Goddard Space Flight Center - Goddard Space Flight Center

1974 - 1983



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

Goddard Space Flight Center - Goddard Space Flight Center

August 1983 - July 1984



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

Goddard Space Flight Center - Goddard Space Flight Center

October 1984 - December 1984



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

Goddard Space Flight Center - Goddard Space Flight Center

1989 - 1993



NASA Solar System Exploration Subcommittee (SSES), Member

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

1992 - 1994



Manager Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP)

NASA - NASA Headquarters

1993 - 1996



Chief Scientist for Exploration Programs, Space Sciences Directorate

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

1991 - 2000



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

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

2002 - 2009



Astrophysicist, Planetary Systems Laboratory, Solar System Exploration Division

Goddard Space Flight Center - Goddard Space Flight Center

2009 - Present


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

Awards


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.