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Beverly Brown
ISSTI Coordinator

Don Myers Technology & Innovation Building, Room 206 B on a map

Physics 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Space Science and Technology at AU

AU ThinSat teams pose during a special tour of the Mid-Atlantic Space Port in Wallops Virginia

AU’s Institute for Integrated Space Science and Technology (ISSTI) was established in 2017 to expand and create research and educational opportunities for students, staff, and faculty in the areas of astronomy, astrophysics, and heliophysics, in the highly interdisciplinary fields of planetary science, astrobiology, and astrochemistry, and in the applications of physics, engineering, computer science, data analysis, and mathematical modeling to space science and technology.

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Our Vision

ISSTI supports over 30 researchers both on campus and at leading laboratories including NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. ISSTI researchers are working on many of the 21st centuries most interesting questions and important challenges, including investigating the origins of life and role of comets in delivering water and organic materials to planets in our solar system, developing techniques to remotely study planetary atmospheres, designing sensors and instruments that play critical roles on prominent NASA missions, simulating solar dynamics and space weather, and utilizing premier observatories including the Hubble Space Telescope to explore our universe.

Student Research

ISSTI promotes student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through engagement in exciting discoveries in fundamental science, and participation in the development, testing, and utilization of new technologies deployed both in space and on earth. AU students work on ISSTI projects both on campus and at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. ISSTI partners closely with AU’s Department of Physics, which is also home to the DC NASA Spacegrant Consortium. AU Physics, ISSTI, and DC NASA Spacegrant have recently partnered with Virginia Space and the Mid-Atlantic Space Port in Wallop’s Virginia on the ThinSat program to send student-built small satellites into space.


Check out Prof. Silvina Guidoni talking about solar physics in the Voyage to the Sun documentary!

ISSTI researcher Dr. Sara Faggi was the keynote speaker at the Montgomery County Public School system STEM Festival. Her talk shared her research on the investigation of comets in the solar system, and the role comets may have played in the origins of life on the Earth.

Students Maya Kinley-Hanlon, David Bialy, and Jacob Vancampen with Philip Johnson in AU’s gravitational wave detector lab.

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