• Karen Cator

    Chief Executive Officer

    Digital Promise

    From 2009-2013, Karen Cator was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, leading the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan. Previously, she directed Apple’s efforts in education. She began her career as a teacher in Alaska.


  • Edward DeLuca, Ph.D.

    Senior Astrophysicist, High Energy Astrophysics Division

    Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

    Edward DeLuca has been an astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1993. He has been involved in developing and testing the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA), a key instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, and has played a leadership role in other NASA missions and international collaborations focused on the physics and behavior of the Sun.



  • Leon Golub, Ph.D.

    Senior Astrophysicist, High Energy Astrophysics Division

    Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

    Dr. Golub received his Ph.D. in experimental high-energy physics from MIT. in 1972. A senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, he was the U.S. principal investigator (PI) of the X-Ray Telescope on Hinode and the PI of the Normal Incidence X-Ray Telescope (NIXT) and the Tuneable X-Ray Imager (TXI) sounding rocket programs. He served as SAO Instrument lead for the NASA TRACE satellite, for the Atmospheric Imager Assembly on NASA's SDO, and for the new NASA IRIS SMEX. He is co-author of the textbook The Solar Corona from Cambridge University Press, and of the trade book Nearest Star.



  • Sten Odenwald, Ph.D.

    Astrophysics and Applied Mathematics Specialist

    Center for Integrative STEM Education, National Institute of Aerospace

    Dr. Odenwald is an astronomer at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and a senior scientist with ADNET Corporation. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982 and has been involved with investigations of star formation, galaxy evolution, and the nature of the cosmic infrared background. He is an active science popularizer and book author and participates in many NASA programs in space science and math education. His most recent popular science article on solar superstorms appeared in the August 2008 issue of Scientific American.



  • Keith T. Strong, Ph.D.

    Solar Physicist

    University of Maryland

    Dr. Strong studied solar physics at the Mullard Space Science Lab, University College London and received his Ph.D. there in 1979. He studied the Sun at Lockheed Martin for over 30 years, starting as a data analyst and eventually becoming the senior manager of the Space Sciences Department in the Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, California. He has been involved in many solar missions, including SolarMax, Yohkoh, SOHO, TRACE, Hinode, GOES-SXI, and SDO. Currently, he is researching the solar cycle and its connections, if any, to climate change. He also runs a YouTube channel that describes daily changes in the Sun.


  • C. Alex Young, Ph.D.

    Associate Director for Science, Heliophysics Science Division

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    As part of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Solar Physics Laboratory, Dr. Young develops signal and image processing methods and software to facilitate a more complete extraction of scientific information from solar physics data—both to aid the community as a whole as well as his own research into the prediction and understanding of the dynamic phenomena of the Sun we call space weather. To share this information with the public, Dr. Young created an online community, The Sun Today, that is connected to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter (as "thesuntoday"). Dr. Young recently became the new associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division. In this position, he serves as the education and public outreach lead for the division. He has a B.S. in physics from Florida State University and a master's and Ph.D. in high-energy astrophysics from the University of New Hampshire.