Science Proposal Support Office

David T Leisawitz

(AST, SPACE SCIENCE DATA MANAGEMENT)

David T Leisawitz's Contact Card & Information.
Email: david.t.leisawitz@nasa.gov
Phone: 301.286.0807
Org Code: 605
Address:
NASA/GSFC
Mail Code 665
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Employer:
NASA

Brief Bio


Dr. Leisawitz, an astrophysicist, is Chief of the Science Proposal Support Office in the Sciences and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His primary research interests are star and planetary system formation, infrared astrophysics, wide-field spatio-spectral interferometry, and far-infrared space interferometry. He is NASA Center Study Scientist for the Far-IR Surveyor, Mission Scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), and earlier served as Deputy Project Scientist for the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) under Project Scientist and mentor Dr. John Mather. Leisawitz is Principal Investigator for “Wide-field Imaging Interferometry,” a Co-Investigator on the “Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII),” and member of a three-person External Advisory Panel for the “Far Infrared Space Interferometer Critical Assessment (FISICA),” a European Commission FP7 research program. In 2004-05, he served as Principal Investigator and science team lead for the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT) mission concept study. Leisawitz is current mentor to a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow and a NASA Space Technology Research Fellow, and former mentor to numerous students ranging from high school to early career. Dr. Leisawitz was twice tapped for detail assignments to the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters, most recently to serve as Acting Assistant Director for Policy and Planning.

Research Interests


Star and planetary system formation; infrared astrophysics; wide-field spatio-spectral interferometry; far-IR space interferometry.

Astrophysics: Technology & Missions


Current Projects


Current activities and roles:

  • NASA Center Study Scientist, Far-IR Surveyor decadal mission concept study
  • Mission Scientist, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
  • Co-I, Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII)
  • External Advisory Panel member, Far-IR Space Interferometer Critical Assessment, EC FP7 Project
  • Science Director’s Women and Minorities Forum committee member, NASA GSFC

Special Experience


Selected previous experience:
• Principal Investigator, Wide-field Imaging Interferometry
• Lead Study Scientist, Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT)
• Deputy Project Scientist, Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE)

Positions/Employment


Professional Experience

NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center

1991 - Present

2007 – present: Chief, Science Proposal Support Office, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
2010 – 2011: Acting Assistant Director for Policy and Planning, Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters
2005 – 2006: Spitzer Space Telescope Program Scientist and Astrophysics Division Liaison to the Science Mission Directorate Public Affairs Officer, NASA Headquarters
1993 – 2005: Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
1991 – 1993: Research Faculty, Astronomy Department, Penn State University
1988 – 1991: Postdoctoral research associate, Infrared Astrophysics Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
1985 – 1988: National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Infrared Astrophysics Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Education


Ph.D., Astronomy, The University of Texas at Austin, 1985
M.A., Astronomy, The University of Texas at Austin, 1981
B.S., Cum Laude, Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1979

Professional Societies


American Astronomical Society

1982 - Present


International Astronomical Union

1983 - Present

Professional Service


Co-Lead, Far-Infrared Science Interest Group
NASA proposal peer review
AAAS Kavli Science Journalism award nominee screening

Awards


Special Act Award, Science Proposal Support Office, 2015
Group Award, Science Proposal Support Office, 2014
Special Act Award, Science Proposal Support Office online budget tool, 2014
NASA Group Achievement Award, WISE Project Science Team, 2011
NASA Group Achievement Award, Science Proposal Support Office, 2009
Co-op Mentor of the Year Award, McMaster University, 2009

Selected Publications


Refereed

2018. "The Origins Space Telescope." Nature Astronomy 2 (8): 596-599 [10.1038/s41550-018-0540-y] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "The Space High Angular Resolution Probe for the Infrared (SHARP-IR)." Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave [10.1117/12.2231790] [Proceedings]

2016. "The Far-Infrared Surveyor Mission study: paper I, the genesis." Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave [10.1117/12.2240456] [Proceedings]

2015. "Far-Infrared Double-Fourier Interferometers and their Spectral Sensitivity." Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 127 (956): 1045-1060 [10.1086/683176] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "THE MOST LUMINOUS GALAXIES DISCOVERED BY WISE." The Astrophysical Journal 805 (2): 90 [10.1088/0004-637x/805/2/90] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Building an interferometer at the edge of space: pointing and phase control system for BETTII." Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave [10.1117/12.2055016] [Proceedings]

2014. "The Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for Infrared Interferometry (BETTII): An Experiment for High Angular Resolution in the Far-Infrared." PASP 126 660 [10.1086/677402] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "A Classification Scheme for Young Stellar Objects Using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer AllWISE Catalog: Revealing Low-density Star Formation in the Outer Galaxy." ApJ 791 131 [10.1088/0004-637X/791/2/131] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "THE WIRED SURVEY. IV. NEW DUST DISKS FROM THE McCOOK & SION WHITE DWARF CATALOG." The Astrophysical Journal 770 (1): 21 [10.1088/0004-637x/770/1/21] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "THE WIRED SURVEY. III. AN INFRARED EXCESS AROUND THE ECLIPSING POST-COMMON ENVELOPE BINARY SDSS J030308.35+005443.7." The Astrophysical Journal 759 (1): 37 [10.1088/0004-637x/759/1/37] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Design and status of the Balloon Experimental Twin Telescope for infrared interferometry (BETTII): an interferometer at the edge of space." Optical and Infrared Interferometry III [10.1117/12.926376] [Proceedings]

2012. "Demonstration of the wide-field imaging interferometer testbed using a calibrated hyperspectral image projector." Optical and Infrared Interferometry III [10.1117/12.926221] [Proceedings]

2012. "The path to far-IR interferometry in space: recent developments, plans, and prospects." Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2012: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave [10.1117/12.926806] [Proceedings]

2012. "ORIGIN OF 12 μm EMISSION ACROSS GALAXY POPULATIONS FROM WISE AND SDSS SURVEYS." The Astrophysical Journal 748 (2): 80 [10.1088/0004-637x/748/2/80] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Explanatory Supplement to the WISE All-Sky Data Release Products." Explanatory Supplement to the WISE All-Sky Data Release Products [Other]

2012. "Developing wide-field spatio-spectral interferometry for far-infrared space applications." Optical and Infrared Interferometry III Proceedings of the SPIE 8445 [Full Text] [10.1117/12.926812] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Wide-field imaging interferometry spatial-spectral image synthesis algorithms." Optical and Infrared Interferometry III Proceedings of the SPIE 8445 [Full Text] [10.1117/12.926920] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Tracking near-infrared fringes on BETTII: a balloon-borne, 8m-baseline interferometer." Optical and Infrared Interferometry III Proceedings of the SPIE 8445 [Full Text] [10.1117/12.925593] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "THE WIRED SURVEY. II. INFRARED EXCESSES IN THE SDSS DR7 WHITE DWARF CATALOG." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 197 (2): 38 [10.1088/0067-0049/197/2/38] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "PRELIMINARY RESULTS FROM NEOWISE: AN ENHANCEMENT TO THE WIDE-FIELD INFRARED SURVEY EXPLORER FOR SOLAR SYSTEM SCIENCE." The Astrophysical Journal 731 (1): 53 [10.1088/0004-637x/731/1/53] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "The WIRED Survey I A Bright IR Excess due to Dust Around the Heavily Polluted White Dwarf Galex J1931568+011745." The Astrophysical Journal 729 4 [Full Text] [10.1088/0004-637X/729/1/4] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "THE FIRST ULTRA-COOL BROWN DWARF DISCOVERED BY THE WIDE-FIELD INFRARED SURVEY EXPLORER." The Astrophysical Journal 726 (1): 30 [10.1088/0004-637x/726/1/30] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "THE WIDE-FIELD INFRARED SURVEY EXPLORER (WISE): MISSION DESCRIPTION AND INITIAL ON-ORBIT PERFORMANCE." The Astronomical Journal 140 (6): 1868-1881 [10.1088/0004-6256/140/6/1868] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Recent progress in wide-field imaging interferometry." Optical and Infrared Interferometry II [10.1117/12.857108] [Proceedings]

2010. "Recent progress in wide-field imaging interferometry." Optical and Infrared Interferometry II Edited by Danchi, William C; Delplancke, Françoise; Rajagopal, Jayadev K Proceedings of the SPIE 7734 73 [Full Text] [10.1117/12.857108] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE): Mission Description and Initial On-orbit Performance." The Astronomical Journal 140 1868 [Full Text] [10.1088/0004-6256/140/6/1868] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "Wide-field imaging interferometry testbed (WIIT): image construction algorithms." Optical and Infrared Interferometry Edited by Schöller, Markus; Danchi, William C; Delplancke, Françoise Proceedings of the SPIE 7013 47 [Full Text] [10.1117/12.789833] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed (WIIT): recent progress and results." Optical and Infrared Interferometry Edited by Schöller, Markus; Danchi, William C; Delplancke, Françoise Proceedings of the SPIE 7013 85 [Full Text] [10.1117/12.787402] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "System engineering the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT)." UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III [10.1117/12.735143] [Proceedings]

2007. "The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): optical system design considerations." UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III [10.1117/12.738562] [Proceedings]

2007. "Mechanical design of the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT)." UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III [10.1117/12.735924] [Proceedings]

2007. "Cryogenic far-infrared detectors for the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT)." UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III [10.1117/12.734751] [Proceedings]

2007. "The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: enabling techniques for high angular resolution astronomy." UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III [10.1117/12.734437] [Proceedings]

2007. "High-fidelity cryothermal test of a subscale large space telescope." Cryogenic Optical Systems and Instruments XII [10.1117/12.734203] [Proceedings]

2007. "The Mathematics of Double‐Fourier Interferometers." The Astrophysical Journal 657 (2): 1178-1200 [10.1086/510878] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: enabling techniques for high angular resolution astronomy." UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts III 6687 66870F [Full Text] [10.1117/12.734437] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "The space infrared interferometric telescope (SPIRIT): High-resolution imaging and spectroscopy in the far-infrared." Advances in Space Research 40 (5): 689-703 [Full Text] [10.1016/j.asr.2007.05.081] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): mission study results." Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter [10.1117/12.669820] [Proceedings]

2006. "SPHERES tethered formation flight testbed: advancements in enabling NASA's SPECS mission." Advances in Stellar Interferometry [10.1117/12.670489] [Proceedings]

2006. "Optical modeling of the wide-field imaging interferometry testbed." Advances in Stellar Interferometry [10.1117/12.672281] [Proceedings]

2006. "The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: recent results." Advances in Stellar Interferometry [10.1117/12.672110] [Proceedings]

2006. "Subscale cryo-thermal tests of a large 4-K space telescope." Millimeter and Submillimeter Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy III [10.1117/12.672831] [Proceedings]

2006. "Far-Infrared/Submillimeter Astronomical Interferometry with Spaceborne Tether Formations." Astrophysics and Space Science 302 (1-4): 225-239 [10.1007/s10509-006-9038-7] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "A far-infrared/submillimeter kilometer-baseline interferometer in space." New Astronomy Reviews 50 (1-3): 228-234 [10.1016/j.newar.2005.11.030] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: recent results." Advances in Stellar Interferometry 6268 100 [Full Text] [10.1117/12.672110] [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "A SPECS update: engineering and technology requirements for a space-based far-IR imaging interferometer." New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry [10.1117/12.552104] [Proceedings]

2004. "A SPECS update: engineering and technology requirements for a space-based far-IR imaging interferometer." New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry [10.1117/12.552104] [Proceedings]

2004. "The science case and mission concept for the Single Aperture Far-Infrared (SAFIR) Observatory." Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes [10.1117/12.551335] [Proceedings]

2004. "SPECS: the kilometer-baseline far-IR interferometer in NASA's space science roadmap." Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes [10.1117/12.552150] [Proceedings]

2004. "NASA’s far-IR/submillimeter roadmap missions: SAFIR and SPECS." Advances in Space Research 34 (3): 631-636 [10.1016/j.asr.2003.06.023] [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "A SPECS update: engineering and technology requirements for a space-based far-IR imaging interferometer." New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 5491 Edited by Wesley A Traub Bellingham, WA: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2004, p212 5491 212 [Full Text] [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: II. Characterization and calibration." New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 5491 Edited by Wesley A Traub Bellingham, WA: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2004, p1790 5491 1790 [Full Text] [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "The wide-field imaging interferometry testbed: I. progress, results and future plans." New Frontiers in Stellar Interferometry, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 5491 Edited by Wesley A Traub Bellingham, WA: The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2004, p920 5491 920 [Full Text] [Journal Article/Letter]

2004. "Mission Concept for the Single Aperture Far-Infrared (SAFIR) Observatory." Astrophysics and Space Science 294 177 [Full Text] [10.1007/s10509-004-5377-4] [Journal Article/Letter]

2003. "Wide-field imaging interferometry testbed II: implementation, performance, and plans." Interferometry in Space [10.1117/12.460705] [Proceedings]

2003. "Wide-field imaging interferometry testbed 3: metrology subsystem." Interferometry in Space [10.1117/12.460948] [Proceedings]

2003. "Wide-field imaging interferometry testbed I: purpose, testbed design, data, and synthesis algorithms." Interferometry in Space 4852 255-267 [10.1117/12.460704] [Proceedings]

2002. "Infrared Light Curves of Mira Variable Stars from [ITAL]COBE[/ITAL] DIRBE Data." The Astronomical Journal 123 (2): 948-964 [10.1086/338647] [Journal Article/Letter]

2000. "Scientific motivation and technology requirements for the SPIRIT and SPECS far-infrared/submillimeter space interferometers." UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments 4013 36-46 [Proceedings]

1999. "The Submillimeter Probe of the Evolution of Cosmic Structure (SPECS)." Astrophysics and Space Science 269/270 563-567 [10.1023/a:1017091617901] [Journal Article/Letter]

1998. "The Submillimeter Frontier: A Space Science Imperative." ArXiv Astrophysics e-prints [Report]

1998. "The COBE Diffuse Infrared Background Experiment Search for the Cosmic Infrared Background. III. Separation of Galactic Emission from the Infrared Sky Brightness." The Astrophysical Journal 508 (1): 74-105 [10.1086/306381] [Journal Article/Letter]

1998. "The COBE Diffuse Infrared Background Experiment Search for the Cosmic Infrared Background. IV. Cosmological Implications." The Astrophysical Journal 508 (1): 106-122 [10.1086/306382] [Journal Article/Letter]

1997. "Comparison of the COBE FIRAS and DIRBE Calibrations." The Astrophysical Journal 490 482-487 [Journal Article/Letter]

1996. "COBE/DIRBE Observations of the Orion Constellation from the Near- to Far-Infrared." ApJL 456 566 [10.1086/176680] [Journal Article/Letter]

1995. "Far-Infrared Spectral Observations of the Galaxy by COBE." ApJL 451 188 [10.1086/176210] [Journal Article/Letter]

1994. "Multi-wavelength study of NGC 281 A." Astronomy & Astrophysics 288 282-292 [Journal Article/Letter]

1994. "Breadboard phase of the XMM optical monitor." Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII 2198 1238-1248 [Proceedings]

1993. "Optical/UV monitor telescope on the x-ray multimirror observatory." Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments II 1945 152-163 [Proceedings]

1992. "Infrared emission from X-ray and optically emitting regions in the Cygnus Loop supernova remnant." ApJL 400 562 [10.1086/172019] [Journal Article/Letter]

1991. "A model for the infrared emission from an OB star cluster environment." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 77 451 [10.1086/191613] [Journal Article/Letter]

1991. "A 21 centimeter line survey of a region around four outer galaxy open clusters." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 75 835 [10.1086/191550] [Journal Article/Letter]

1991. "What happens when the massive stars form?." memsai 62 903-908 [Journal Article/Letter]

1990. "A CO survey of regions around 34 open clusters. II - Physical properties of cataloged molecular clouds." ApJL 359 319 [10.1086/169067] [Journal Article/Letter]

1989. "A CO survey of regions around 34 open clusters." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 70 731 [10.1086/191357] [Journal Article/Letter]

1988. "On the redistribution of OB star luminosity and the warming of nearby molecular clouds." ApJL 332 954 [10.1086/166704] [Journal Article/Letter]