Astrophysics Advisory Committee

The Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) is a new FACA committee of NASA, and replaces the Astrophysics Subcommittee of the NAC SC. 


APAC Members

  • Scott Gaudi; Chair - The Ohio State University
  • Natalie Batalha - NASA Ames Research Center
  • Marshall Bautz - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Jamie Bock - California Institute of Technology
  • Alan Boss - Carnegie Institution
  • Patricia Boyd - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Asantha Cooray - University of California, Irvine
  • Neil Cornish - Montana State University
  • Brenda Dingus - Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Debra Fischer - Yale University
  • William Jones - Princeton University
  • Jason Kalirai - Space Telescope Science Institute
  • Feryal Özel - University of Arizona
  • Paul Scowen - Arizona State University
  • Yun Wang - California Institute of Technology
  • Beth Willman - LSST/University of Arizona


The APAC supports the advisory needs of the Astrophysics Division (APD), the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and other mission directorates as required, and NASA Administrator.  The scope of the APAC includes projects and observational and theoretical study of the origins, evolution, and destiny of the universe and the search for and study of Earth-like planets and habitable, extrasolar environments.  In addition to scientific research, the scope encompasses considerations of the development of near-term enabling technologies, systems, and computing and information management capabilities, developments with the potential to provide long-term improvements in future operational systems, as well as training of the next generation of astronomers, and education and public outreach.

APAC Meeting Documents

April 11-12, 2018

October 18-19, 2017


July 19-20, 2017

April 2017


Please direct questions regarding the Astrophysics Advisory Committee to Dr. Hashima Hasan, Executive Secretary.

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