STScI Rosa I. Diaz - Astrophysicist

I am the Missions Engineering and Science Analysis Branch Deputy working on actively on several JWST projects and coordinating or managing work for Hubble Space Telescope (HST), James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). In my current position I work with teams and technical leads on many projects that range from the design, implementation and maintenance of software and systems to the testing and validation of scientific algorithms and documentation for both missions. I participate in science studies that directly support the design and implementation of new software, new systems, and new policies.

I do actively work with the Office of Public Outreach on their efforts to share the scientific knowledge of the universe in ways that inspire and educate the community with particular efforts on reaching out to the Latin community.

I obtained my B.S. of Mathematics at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. (This B.S. in not longer offered at the UAG). Under the education system in Mexico this B.S is equivalent to a M.S. in Pure Mathematics in the USA. Looking ahead to a career in Astrophysics, my B.S. thesis focused on the application of Fourier Transforms to astronomy under the supervision of Dr. Luis Felipe Rodríguez. While working on this thesis I also took several physics courses that were required for the PhD in Astrophysics' program.

I received my PhD in Astrophysics in 1998 from the Universidad Autónoma de México , working with Dr. Jose Franco López (UNAM) and Dr Steven N. Shore (then in IU), on the study of Photodissociated Regions around Main Sequence Stars.

At the Space Telescope Science Institute I have collaborated with Dr Ron Allen on the study of the production of HI by young stars in M31 (Andromeda Galaxy).

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