NRAO Role Models

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory enjoys the talents of hundreds of staff and an international community of scientists who come together to make our mission of discovery and innovation such a success. You will learn from the folks interviewed here that we’ve taken many paths to get here, and you don’t have to be a scientist or engineer to be part of our exciting mission. We will continue to add more interviews, so please return again!
Loreto Barcos Muñoz Loreto Barcos-Muñoz - Astronomy Graduate Student

Meet Loreto Barcos-Muñoz, an astronomy graduate student at the University of Virginia who is studying star formation in nearby, dusty galaxies for her PhD thesis.  Watch video...
Marsha Bishop Marsha Bishop - Head Librarian

Meet Marsha Bishop, Head Librarian who manages science and engineering publications for the entire Observatory.  Watch video...
Dr. Jim Braatz Dr. Jim Braatz - Astronomer

Meet Dr. Jim Braatz, an astronomer who studies masers, a kind of invisible laser made naturally by dense clouds of molecules, in order to measure the size and shape of the Universe.  Watch video...
Pablo Carrillo Pablo Carrillo - ALMA Array Maintenance Supervisor

Meet Pablo Carrillo, Supervisor of Array Maintenance for ALMA, manages the engineers and technicians who maintain this high-tech, high elevation array.  Watch video...
Freddie Galarza Freddie Galarza - Data Analyst

Meet Freddie Galarza, a data analyst for the North American ALMA Science Center who takes the raw data from ALMA and prepares it for scientific analysis by observers around the world.  Watch video...
Faye Giles Faye Giles - Director of Human Resources

Meet Faye Giles, Director of Human Resources, who designs and leads the strategic staff policies of NRAO.  Watch video...
Dr. Jacqueline Hodge Dr. Jacqueline Hodge - Scientist

Meet Dr. Jacqueline Hodge, a scientist who uses our telescopes for her research on understanding the formation of galaxies in the early years of the Universe.  Watch video...
Dr. Violette Impellizzeri Dr. Violette Impellizzeri - Assistant Scientist at ALMA

Meet Dr. Violette Impellizzeri, an Assistant Scientist at the Joint ALMA Observatory working for NRAO in Chile.  Watch video...
Dr. John Hibbard Dr. John Hibbard - Scientist

Meet Dr. John Hibbard, a scientist who studies the fate of gas in interacting galaxies and also led the North American ALMA Regional Center during ALMA’s critical early science phase.  Watch video...
Jennifer Jackson Jennifer Jackson - Technical Specialist

Meet Jennifer Jackson, a Technical Specialist who builds the complex cartridges that hold the state-of-the-art receivers inside our radio telescopes.  Watch video...
Dr. Amy Kimball Dr. Amy Kimball - VLA Assistant Scientist

Meet Dr. Amy Kimball, an Assistant Scientist at our Array Operations Center in New Mexico who studies quasars and assists other observers using the VLA.  Watch video...
Brian Kirk Brian Kirk - Data Analyst

Meet Brian Kirk, a Data Analyst who transforms complicated data downloads from our telescopes into science-ready materials for researchers around the world.  Watch video...
Chris Langley Chris Langley - Head of VLA Engineering Services

Meet Chris Langley, Head of Engineering Services at the Karl G Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) who leads the team that keeps the VLA’s complex systems operating.  Watch video...
Laura Lockledge Laura Lockledge - Budget Director

Meet Laura Lockledge, our Budget Director, who coordinates and manages the Observatory’s multifaceted budget system across North America and Chile.  Watch video...
Dr. Ron Maddalena Dr. Ron Maddalena - Astronomer

Meet Dr. Ron Maddalena, an astronomer who studies the molecules in galaxies near and far while also providing much of the critical software that talks to the unique hardware of the Green Bank Telescope.  Watch video...
Dr. Jeff Mangum Dr. Jeff Mangum - Astronomer

Meet Dr. Jeff Mangum, an astronomer who studies star formation and also helps the Observatory design original, new instruments.  Watch video...
Amy McReynolds Amy McReynolds - Budget Manager

Meet Amy McReynolds, Budget Manager at Observatory Headquarters who keeps departments’ budgets on track and also used to be a geologist.  Watch video...
Matt Morgan Matt Morgan - Scientist and Research Engineer

Meet Matt Morgan, a scientist and research engineer at the Central Development Laboratory of the Observatory whose inventions have been used around the world.  Watch video...
Dr. Patrick Murphy Dr. Patrick Murphy - Information Services Site Manager

Meet Dr. Patrick Murphy, the Information Services Site Manager for our headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Pat runs the team that designs and maintains all of our many and varied computing systems and servers.  Watch video...
Dr. Patrick Murphy Dr. Rick Perley - Astronomer and Peggy Perley - Deputy Director of New Mexico Operations

Meet Dr. Rick and Peggy Perley. Rick is an astronomer at the VLA and Peggy is Deputy Director of New Mexico Operations.  Watch video...
Dominique Segura-Cox Dominique Segura-Cox - Astronomy Graduate Student

Meet Dominique Segura-Cox, an astronomy graduate student at the University of Illinois who has discovered a new class of baby stars using the VLA.  Watch video...
Judy Stanley Judy Stanley - VLA Public Education Officer

Meet Judy Stanley, Public Education Officer for the VLA who develops and delivers tours, STEM education programs, and events for the Observatory in New Mexico.  Watch video...
Jon Thunborg Jon Thunborg - Deputy Head of Engineering Services in New Mexico

Meet Jon Thunborg, Deputy Head of Engineering Services in New Mexico who leads teams that maintain and upgrade the complex systems of the VLA and VLBA.  Watch video...
Dr. Catarina Ubach Dr. Catarina Ubach - Data Analyst

Meet Dr. Catarina Ubach, a data analyst for the North American ALMA Science Center who takes the raw data from ALMA and prepares it for scientific analysis by observers around the world.  Watch video...
Lory Wingate Lory Wingate - Director of Program Management Development

Meet Lory Wingate, the Director of Program Management Development, who applies creative and innovative management methods to advance our research and development projects.  Watch video...