Meet Our Team

Our team includes members from UMN, UCB, NASA/Goddard, NASA/Marshall, University of Tokyo/Kavli IPMU, Nagoya University, Tokyo University of Science, JAXA/ISAS, and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Read more here about each member's affiliation and role on the FOXSI-3 project. 

Lindsay Glesener

Lindsay

Principal Investigator

University of Minnesota School of Physics & Astrophysics

Lindsay has been a part of the FOXSI project since grad school. Currently, she leads the FOXSI-3 experiment and the scientific analysis of data from past flights. Throughout FOXSI-2, she was the project manager and as a grad student, she developed the detector readout for FOXSI-1. 

Shin-nosuke Ishikawa

Ishikawa

Researcher

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

Ishikawa san works primarily on the HXR and SXR detectors and conducts analysis of FOXSI active regions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Sophie Musset

Sophie

Postdoctoral Associate Researcher

University of Minnesota School of Physics & Astrophysics

Sophie helps calibrate detectors and develops software for calibration for FOXSI-3. She also analyzes data from past FOXSI launches.               

Athiray Panchapakesan

Athiray

Postdoctoral Associate Researcher

University of Minnesota School of Physics & Astrophysics

Athiray conducts experimental testing and calibration of X-ray detectors and modeling of detectors' spectral response. He also analyzes data from past FOXSI launches.

Tadayuki Takahashi

Professor

University of Tokyo and IPMU

Takahashi san leads the Japanese contributions to the FOXSI experiment.​​​​​​​

Elza Thayer

Elza

Lead Technical Writer 

University of Minnesota Department of Writing Studies

Elza is a senior undergraduate technical writer who manages the FOXSI website, document organization, and LaTeX coding.  

Steven Christe

Steven

Co-Investigator

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Solar Physics Laboratory

Steven is one of the founders of the FOXSI project and was the project manager for the first flight. Curretly, he leads the design of the Solar Aspect and Alignment System as well as the calibration of the X-ray optics for FOXSI-3. He is also the PI for a satellite concept of FOXSI, which has recently been proposed.

Greg Dalton

Greg

Mechanical Engineer

University of California Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory

Greg currently focuses on the mechanical engineering aspects of FOXSI-3. He has spent the last fifteen years conceptualizing, designing, manufacturing, building, testing, and integrating scientific instruments for NASA/DOE funded ground, balloon, rocket, and satellite-based projects. 

Julie Vievering

Julie Vievering

Graduate Student Researcher

University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy

Julie helps calibrate detectors and conducts detector testing for FOXSI-3. She also analyzes data from past FOXSI launches.                                                        

Brian Ramsey

Brian

Co-Investigator

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Solar Physics Laboratory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Shin Watanabe

Professor

JAXA/ISAS and University of Tokyo

Watanabe san designed the FOXSI-3 detectors and is an expert in their operation.

Kendra Bergstedt

Kendra

Undergraduate Researcher

University of Minnesota School of Physics & Astrophysics

Kendra is an senior undergraduate working on detector calibration for FOXSI-3.

Kento Furukawa

Graduate Researcher

University of Tokyo

Furukawa san completed the prototype and acceptance tests of the FOXSI-3 CdTe detectors at ISAS in Japan and travelled to Minnesota to help the UMN team test the detectors.

Sasha Courtade

Sasha 1

Project Manager

University of California Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory

Sasha coordinates meetings and activities of all teams associated with FOXSI-3 and keeps proceedings on schedule for launch.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Paul Turin

Paul

Lead Mechanical Engineer

University of California Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory

Paul has lead the mechanical engineering efforts related to FOXSI's payload since the first flight in 2012.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Milo Buitrago-Casas

Milo

Graduate Student Researcher

University of California Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory

Milo works on FOXSI-3's optics and conducts collimators testing and calibration. He also analyzes data from past FOXSI flights.                              

Säm Krucker

Sam

Co-Investigator

University of California Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Dan Ryan

Post Doctoral Researcher

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dan supports the FOXSI-3 experiment by working on the development of the SAAS.

Noriyuki Narukage

Narukage

PHOENIX Lead

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

 

 

Lance Davis

Lance

Undergraduate Programmer

University of Minnesota 

Lance focuses on upgrading FOXSI's old software, namely the FPGA, which communicates data from the detector to the computer and the user interface on the computer itself. He will also be working with upcoming detector calibration.