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

  • Feryal Ozel; Chair - University of Arizona
  • Marshall (Mark) Bautz - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Alan Boss - Carnegie Institution of Science
  • Patricia Boyd - Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Laura Brenneman - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • John Conklin - University of Florida
  • Asantha Cooray - University of California, Irvine
  • Brenda Dingus - Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Debra Fischer - Yale University
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann - Vanderbilt University
  • William Jones - Princeton University
  • Victoria Meadows - University of Washington
  • Leonidas Moustakas - Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Paul Scowen - Arizona State University
  • Beth Willman - AURA/University of Arizona
  • Charles Woodward - University of Minnesota


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

October 22-23, 2018


July 23-24, 2018


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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