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Michael Moloney, Director for Space and Aeronautics*
Alan Angleman, Senior Program Officer*
Carmela Chamberlain, Administrative Coordinator*
Arthur Charo, Senior Program Officer
Katie Daud, Research Associate
Dwayne Day, Senior Program Officer*
Sandra Graham, Senior Program Officer
Meg Knemeyer, Financial Officer*
Su Liu, Senior Accounting/Financial Assistant*
Celeste A. Naylor, Information Management Associate*
Tanja Pilzak, Manager, Program Operations*
Andrea Rebholz, Program Coordinator*
Abigail Sheffer, Program Officer
David Smith, Senior Program Officer
Anesia Wilks, Senior Program Assistant
Dionna Williams, Program Coordinator
*denotes ASEB Staff
 

MICHAEL H. MOLONEY is the Director for Space and Aeronautics at the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Since joining the ASEB/SSB Dr. Moloney has overseen the production of more than 60 reports; including five decadal surveys—in astronomy and astrophysics, Earth science and applications from space, planetary science, microgravity sciences, and solar and space physics—prioritizations of NASA space technology roadmaps, a major report on the rational for and future direction of the U.S. human spaceflight program, as well as reports on issues such as NASA’s Strategic Direction, lessons learned from the decadal survey processes, the science promise of cubesats, the challenge of orbital debris, the future of NASA’s astronaut corps, NASA’s aeronautical flight research program, and national research agendas for autonomy and low-carbon propulsion in civil aviation.Since joining the Academies in 2001, Dr. Moloney has also served as a study director at the National Materials Advisory Board, the Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA), the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, and the Center for Economic, Governance, and International Studies. Dr. Moloney has served as study director or senior staff for a series of reports on subject matters as varied as quantum physics, nanotechnology, cosmology, the operation of the nation’s helium reserve, new anti-counterfeiting technologies for currency, corrosion science, and nuclear fusion. Before joining the SSB and ASEB in 2010, Dr. Moloney was associate director of the BPA and study director for the 2010 decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics (New Worlds New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics). In addition to his professional experience at the Academies, Dr. Moloney has more than 7 years’ experience as a foreign-service officer for the Irish government—including serving at the Irish Embassy in Washington and the Irish Mission to the United Nations in New York. A physicist, Dr. Moloney did his Ph.D. work at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. He received his undergraduate degree in experimental physics at University College Dublin, where he was awarded the Nevin Medal for Physics. Dr. Moloney is a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics and a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also a recipient of a distinguished service award from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

 

ALAN ANGLEMAN has been a senior program officer with the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board for more than 20 years, directing studies on the modernization of the U.S. air transportation system, strategic planning for aeronautics and space technology, cost growth of NASA Earth and space science missions, the safety of space launch systems, radioisotope power systems, aviation weather systems, aircraft certification standards and procedures, supersonic aircraft, and other aspects of aeronautics and space research and technology. Previously, Mr. Angleman worked for consulting firms in the Washington, D.C., area providing engineering support services to the Department of Defense and NASA. His professional career began with the U.S. Navy, where he served for nine years as a nuclear-trained submarine officer. He has a B.S. in engineering physics from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.S. in applied physics from the Johns Hopkins University.

 

CARMELA J. CHAMBERLAIN has worked for the National Academies since 1974. She started as a senior project assistant in the Institute for Laboratory Animals for Research, which is now a board in the Division on Earth and Life Sciences, where she worked for 2 years, then transferred to the Space Science Board, which is now the Space Studies Board (SSB). She is now an administrative coordinator with the SSB.

 

ARTHUR A. CHARO has been a senior program officer with the Space Studies Board (SSB) since 1995. For most of this time, he has worked with the Board’s Committee on Earth Science and Applications from Space and the Committee on Solar and Space Physics. He has directed studies resulting in some 37 reports, notably inaugural NRC “decadal surveys” in solar and space physics (2002) and Earth science and applications from space (2007). He also served as the study director for the second NRC decadal survey in solar and space physics (2012) and is currently the study director for the second Earth science decadal, which will release its report by the end of 2017. Dr. Charo received his Ph.D. in experimental atomic and molecular physics in 1981 from Duke University and was a post-doctoral fellow in Chemical Physics at Harvard University from 1982-1985. He then pursued his interests in national security and arms control as a Fellow, from 1985-1988, at Harvard University’s Center for Science and International Affairs. From 1988-1995, he worked as a senior analyst and study director in the International Security and Space Program in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. In addition to contributing to SSB reports, he is the author of research papers in the field of molecular spectroscopy; reports on arms control and space policy; and the monograph, Continental Air Defense: A Neglected Dimension of Strategic Defense (University Press of America, 1990). Dr. Charo is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in International Security (1985-1987) and a Harvard-Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1987-1988). He was a 1988-1989 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow, sponsored by the American Institute of Physics.

 

DWAYNE DAY joined the Space Studies Board in 2005. He has served as the staff officer and study director for NRC studies on: the assessment of space radiation hazards to astronauts, the future of NASA’s workforce, NASA’s performance in solar system exploration, and on options for the next New Frontiers mission selection. He has a Ph.D. in political science from The George Washington University, specializing in space and national security policy. Dr. Day is the author of Lightning Rod, a history of the Air Force chief scientist’s office; has co-edited or edited several books and journal issues, and has written on American civil and military space policy and history. Prior to joining the SSB, he worked as an investigator for the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Prior to that, he worked for the Congressional Budget Office and at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.
 

KATIE DAUD is a research associate for the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She comes to the SSB from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Center for Earth and Planetary Studies where she was a planetary scientist. A triple major at Bloomsburg University, Ms. Daud received a Bachelor of Science in planetary science and earth science, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Ms. Daud is no stranger to the National Academies having been a Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy intern in 2011.
 

SANDRA J. GRAHAM joined the Space Studies Board as a senior program officer in 1994. A recipient of the National Academies Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Graham has directed a large number of major studies, many of them focused on space research in biological and physical sciences and technology. Her more recent work includes an assessment of servicing options for the Hubble Space Telescope, reviews of the NASA roadmaps for space sciences and the International Space Station, and a review of NASA’s Space Communications program while on loan to the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She directs the activities of the Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Duke University in 1990, she carried out research focused primarily on topics in bioinorganic chemistry, such as the exchange mechanisms and reaction chemistry of biological metal complexes and their analogs. From 1990 to 1994 she held the position of senior scientist at the Bionetics Corporation, where she worked in the science branch of the Microgravity Science and Applications Division at NASA headquarters.
 

MEG A. KNEMEYER is a financial officer for the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She previously worked with the NRC Executive Office, DEPS’ Naval Studies Board and Laboratory Assessments Board, the Office of Security, IOM, and the Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Resources. She holds a M.A.Ed. in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Rehabilitation and Special Education from the University of Arizona.
 

SU LIU is a senior accounting/financial assistant for the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She comes from Kansas State University where she was an accountant. She holds an M.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.S. from Kansas State University.
 

CELESTE A. NAYLOR is the information management associate for the Space Studies Board. She collaborates with the staff to ensure adherence to division and institutional requirements through all phases of the committee creation process. She also enjoys managing the boards website, exhibits and report distribution. She joined the NRC in 2002 as a senior project assistant. She has worked with the Committee on Assessment of Options to Extend the Life of the Hubble Space Telescope, the Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics, the Committee on Microgravity Research and the Task Group on Research on the International Space Station. Ms. Naylor is a member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Women in Aerospace and the American Women in Science. She has more than ten years of experience in event management. She has studied event management at George Washington University's School of Professional Studies and attended Trinity University in Washington, DC, where she studied communications.
 

TANJA E. PILZAK is the manager of program operations for the Space Studies Board. She comes to the SSB from the Division on Earth and Life Studies where she was a research associate for five years in the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Prior to becoming a research associate, Ms. Pilzak was a proposal specialist and a contract assistant in the Office of Contracts and Grants for three years as. She holds an M.S. in environmental management from the University of Maryland University College and a B.S. in natural resources management from the University of Maryland College Park.

 

ANDREA REBHOLZ, program coordinator, joined the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board in January 2009. She began her career at the Academies in October 2005 as a senior program assistant for the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation. Prior to the Academies, she worked in the communications department of a DC-based think tank. Ms. Rebholz has a BA in Integrative Studies--Event Management from George Mason University's New Century College, and earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2012. She has over 15 years of experience in event planning, project administration, and editing.

 

ABIGAIL A. SHEFFERis a program officer for the Space Studies Board. In fall 2009, Dr. Sheffer served as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow for the National Academies and then joined the SSB. Since coming to the Academies, she has been the staff officer and study director on a variety of activities such as the Committee on Solar and Space Physics, Achieving Science With CubeSats: Thinking Inside the Box, Sharing the Adventure with the Student: Exploring the Intersections of NASA Space Science and Education—A Workshop Summary, Landsat and Beyond—Sustaining and Enhancing the Nation’s Land Imaging Program and The Effects of Solar Variability on Earth’s Climate: A Workshop Report. Dr. Sheffer has been an assisting staff officer on several other reports, including Pathways to Exploration—Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration and Solar and Space Physics: A Science for a Technological Society. Dr. Sheffer earned her Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona and A.B. in geosciences from Princeton University.

 

DAVID H. SMITH joined the Space Studies Board in 1991. He is the senior staff officer and study director for a variety of NRC activities in the general areas of astrobiology, planetary science and planetary protection. He also organizes the SSB’s Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships and the joint SSB-Chinese Academy of Sciences Forum for New Leaders in Space Science. He received a B.Sc. in mathematical physics from the University of Liverpool in 1976, achieved the honours standard in Part III of the Mathematics Tripos at the University of Cambridge in 1977, and a D.Phil. in theoretical astrophysics from Sussex University in 1981. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Queen Mary College University of London (1980-1982), he held the position of associate editor and, later, technical editor of Sky and Telescope. Immediately prior to joining the staff of the SSB, Dr. Smith was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1990-1991).

 

ANESIA WILKS is a senior program assistant. Anesia began working at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the conference management office and later transferred to DEPS, where she began working on administrative roles for different projects. She is currently working on the Committee on Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions and the Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable, Among various other projects. Anesia has a BA in psychology, Magna Cum Laude, from Trinity University in Washington, DC.

 

DIONNA WILLIAMS is a program associate with the Space Studies Board, having previously worked for The National Academies’ Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education for five years. Ms. Williams has a long career in office administration, having worked as a supervisor in a number of capacities and fields. Ms. Williams attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and majored in psychology. 


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