Dr. Amir Caspi is an astrophysicist specializing in solar and stellar physics, and serves as the Chief Scientist for Enterprise in Space. He is a Senior Research Scientist at Southwest Research Institute’s Planetary Science Directorate in Boulder, CO, where he oversees a number of programs studying the Sun, including building instruments and analyzing data. He has deployed astronomical instruments on the ground, in the air, and in space, including multiple spacecraft, sounding rockets, balloons, and aircraft.
Dr. Caspi led a team to observe the 2017 total solar eclipse in the U.S. using two of NASA’s WB-57 high-altitude airplanes equipped with visible-light and infrared cameras in their nosecones. He spent nearly 3 months at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, launching the SwRI Miniature Assembly for Solar Hard X-rays (SMASH), a piggyback instrument on the NASA GRIPS long-duration balloon that flew during January 2016. He is a core team member for NASA’s Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) CubeSats, including MinXSS-2 that will launch in late 2018.
Dr. Caspi has had his eyes on the stars since childhood, when his love for astronomy and astrophysics took hold after reading a book of “1000 facts about the universe.” He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is passionate about science, especially sharing it with others. As Chief Scientist for Enterprise in Space, he helps to guide EIS in its mission to promote space research and to make experimenting in space accessible to all students.