I grew up in New York, and nearly all of my family still live
there. For my undergraduate degree, I attended Penn State, with a
double major in physics and astrophysics. I then moved to Baltimore,
where I attended The Johns Hopkins University under Arthur Davidsen.
During that time, I worked on the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope and
its associated space shuttle mission. My first job out of graduate
school was a postdoc with the instrument definition team of the Space
Telescope Imaging Spectrograph at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
In 2001, I joined the staff of the Space Telescope Science Institute,
where I have worked in various roles on our missions. I was an
instrument scientist for Hubble for 7 years, then the Mission
Scientist for James Webb for 8 years, and most recently I returned to
Hubble as the Mission Head. I currently live in Columbia, Maryland,
with my wife Deb, a middle school teacher in nearby Laurel, and our