SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER
MAY 4-5, 2018

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MADHULIKA GUHATHAKURTA

Lead Program Scientist, NASA

FIRESIDE CHAT, EMERGING TECH

As a NASA astrophysicist, Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta (also known as Lika) has had the opportunity to work as a scientist, mission designer, instrument builder, directing and managing science programs and teacher and spokesperson for NASA's mission and vision in the Heliophysics Division. Occasionally, she performs all of these roles in a single day. Before joining NASA Headquarters in December of 1998, her career has focused on studying the importance of the scientific exploration of space in particular understanding the Sun as a star and its influence on the planet Earth, with research focus on the Sun’s outermost layer, the solar corona. She has been a Co-Investigator on five Spartan 201 missions on aboard space shuttles to study the solar corona and nine eclipse expeditions. Led the Living with a Star Program for the past 15 years whose goal is to understand and ultimately predict solar variability and its diverse effects on Earth, human technology and astronauts in space, also known as "Space Weather”. She has led missions such as STEREO, SDO, Van Allen Probes, Solar Orbiter Collaboration, Parker Solar Probe and others. She initiated Space Weather to be a permanent agenda item at UNCOPUOS in 2013 and started International Living with a Star (ILWS) in 2003. Partnered with museums to produce planetarium and 3D IMAX shows that are being exhibited internationally. Created graduate level textbooks to train the next generation in heliophysics. Led 2017 Eclipse science and presently on detail to NASA Ames Research Center exploring concepts for new initiatives.