Faculty member Britney Schmidt selected by NASA for the Science Definition Team for the next major space telescope.


Assistant Professor Britney E. Schmidt has been selected to be on the Science Definition Team for the next major space telescope.  The three-year term will allow Dr. Schmidt to have input on the direction of the next decade of Astrophysics research.

From NASA: “Over the coming years you will play a central role in preparing a compelling and executable mission concept for consideration by the 2020 Decadal Survey”

The full charter for the Science and Technology Definition Team (STDT) is available at the following site:



Dr. Britney Schmidt, Assistant Professor, received a BS in Physics from University of Arizona and PhD in Geophysics and Space physics from UCLA. Her area of expertise is planetary ices and the early solar system. She is keenly interested in the habitability of icy worlds to search for life beyond Earth. A veteran of Antarctic fieldwork, she studies Earth’s ice shelves and glaciers to capture the impacts of changing climate and explore analogs for Europa. Britney played a central role in developing several mission concepts, including the recently selected Europa Multiple Flyby mission where she is Co-I on the REASON radar team. She is an associate of the Dawn Framing Camera team. She is PI of Sub-Ice Marine and Planetary Analog Ecosystems (SIMPLE), a $5M NASA program studying the McMurdo Ice Shelf using remote sensing and underwater vehicles. She leads the Georgia Tech built Icefin AUV for under ice exploration.