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Exoplanets: Guests (2017)

Dr. Nick Siegler

Chief Technologist for NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Nick Siegler is an astrophysicist and the Chief Technologist for NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program located at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. With collaborators from all over the country he helps identify and mature technologies needed to enable possible future NASA missions that will ultimately look for evidence of life on exoplanets. He has worked in a variety of systems engineering and project management roles for the last nine years. Prior to NASA, Nick held astronomy research positions at the University of Arizona as well as various operations management positions with subsidiaries of Unilever at various domestic and international locations. Dr. Siegler received his PhD and Masters in astronomy from the University of Arizona, a masters in international business from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands, and a bachelors in chemical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

Dr. Siegler is an example that it's never too late to chase your dreams. At the age of 33 he left an international career in chemical manufacturing while working for a subsidiary of the large consumers goods company Unilever and went back to school to become an astrophysicist, his boyhood dream. The journey took him nine and a half years from re-starting as an undergraduate at Harvard University concentrating in physics to finally completing his PhD in 2007.

Tiffany Meshkat

Postdoctoral scholar in the Exoplanetary Science Initiative, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Tiffany Meshkat did her undergraduate study at the University of California, Los Angeles, in astrophysics and obtained her Ph.D. in astronomy at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has been at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for one year as a postdoctoral scholar in the Exoplanetary Science Initiative. Tiffany's research is focused on finding and taking images of planets around other stars. She is working on techniques to detect planets in images of very bright stars. She is particularly interested in finding young planetary systems that shed light on how our solar system formed and evolved.

Past guests for this topic include: Marc Kuchner.

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