Kenneth G Carpenter

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Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is currently the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground Systems Project Scientist for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He previously led, as Principal Investigator (PI), the Stellar Imager Vision Mission Study and the Fizeau Interferometer Testbed (FIT) technology development effort. He was also the GSFC Science lead for the JPL-GSFC-JSC-STScI Optical Testbed and Integration on ISS eXperiment (OpTIIX) Team. His scientific interests include studies of the chromospheres, transition regions, winds and circumstellar shells of cool stars, as well as the calculation of model atmospheres and synthetic spectra and investigations of line fluorescence processes, chemically peculiar stars, and the masses of Cepheid variables; hardware interests include development and operations of UV spectroscopic instruments and large baseline space interferometers. He is currently a member of the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Carpenter earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in astronomy from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, USA and earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from The Ohio State University. During his NASA career, Carpenter has received nine Special Act Awards and seven Group Achievement awards. He has also published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers in astrophysical literature and has more than 90 other publications. He enjoys photography and is an enthusiastic fan of all things Joss Whedon, Star Trek, and Disney. Carpenter credits both Star Trek and the 1964-’65 New York World’s Fair, which he attended as a child, with fueling his desire to work for NASA.