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Dr. Margaret Meixner is internationally recognized for her work in infrared instrumentation (ground based and space based), Magellanic Clouds, dust evolution in galaxies, circumstellar matter of dying stars, circumstellar matter of forming stars, and the interstellar medium. Formerly the Director of SOFIA SMO, worked for 18 years on JWST at STScI ending as a Distinguished Astronomer. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign faculty for 9 years. B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park; PhD in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. JWST Mid-infrared Instrument Science Team, and the PRobe far-Infrared Mission for Astrophysics (PRIMA) team, formerly Community co-Chair for the Origins Space Telescope mission concept and chair of the NASA Herschel Users Panel.
2023-pres: AAS Nominating Committee
2016-pres: AUI visiting committee, review of NRAO
2019-2022 Astrophysics Advisory Committee for NASA HQ, member
2019-2021 Cosmic Origins Program Analysis Group (COPAG) Executive Committee Chair
2016-2020 Community Chair of the Origins Space Telescope Science and Technology Definition Team for NASA headquarters
Margaret Meixner’s areas of specialization include: infrared instrumentation and observatories (ground, airborne and space based), the Magellanic Clouds, dust evolution in galaxies, circumstellar matter of dying stars (asymptotic giant branch stars, supernovae, red supergiants, luminous blue variables), star formation at low metallicity, and the interstellar medium.