Dr. Carle Pieters
Dr. Carle Pieters, Brown University – Dr. Pieters is a Research Professor in Geological Sciences at Brown University. Dr. Pieters is the Principal Investigator for NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) experiment that launched on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 mission in 2008 and is also a Co-Investigator on NASA’s Dawn mission to explore the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Dr. Pieters has been a faculty member at Brown since 1980, after having worked several years at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sarawak. Her general research efforts include planetary exploration and evolution of planetary surfaces with an emphasis on remote compositional analyses. Dr. Pieters is a sitting member of the NASA Advisory Council’s Planetary Protection Subcommittee and a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union. She was awarded the Gerard P. Kuiper Prize by the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences in 2004. Dr. Pieters previously led the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) and also served as the President of the Planetary Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.