The Science Activation Program engages Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in a variety of roles from behind the scenes guidance to public-facing interactions.  This list shows subject matter experts in NASA Science topics of planetary science, astrophysics, Earth science, and heliophysics who may be available for public-facing events. 

NASA-funded SMEs can submit an application to be shown on this list. By volunteering, you can join our efforts to engage the public directly. When you sign up, your information will be put into a database, so when someone comes to the NASA Science website looking for an expert, they can find you and decide if your expertise is what they need for their engagement activities.

Subject Matter Experts

95 result(s)

Bruce Cantor

Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS)

Area of Expertise: MRO - MARCI/CTX (climate)

Sanlyn Buxner

Planetary Science Science Institute

Area of Expertise: CosmoQuest: Education and Administrative QuestionsEarth, Meteorites, Moon | LRO | Education/Public Outreachhuman engagement research, meta-evaluation, evaluation, education research, formal education, informal education

Debra Buczkowski

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL)

Area of Expertise: MRO - CRISM (geology)

David Brain

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)

Area of Expertise: MAVEN - overall project science, mission status, and coordination among all educational activitiesMAVEN - Mars atmospheric loss and long-term evolution

Alice Bowman

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU/APL)

Area of Expertise: New Horizons - Mission Operations

Mark Cheung

Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory

Area of Expertise: solar interior to solar corona and heliosphere.

Kathleen Johnson

Boston University

Area of Expertise: Biological Science

Peter Garik

Boston University

Area of Expertise: physics and science education

Caleb Farny

Boston University

Area of Expertise: Mechanical Engineering

Elena Sparrow

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Area of Expertise: Soil microbiology, soil science, education and outreach