Meet Bart De Pontieu
Dr. Bart De Pontieu is a research scientist at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technoogy Center's Solar and Astrophysics Lab (LMSAL) in Palo Alto, CA. His work has focused on understanding the connection between the Sun's surface and its atmosphere by studying the Sun's chromosphere and transition region using ground-based and space-based imaging and spectroscopy, as well as numerical simulations. He is a member of the teams working on the NASA TRACE spacecraft and NASA/JAXA's Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) onboard the Japanese Hinode satellite. He is also a co-Investigator of the AIA instrument to be launched onboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). De Pontieu received his Masters in Physics from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Ghent and the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany.
Watch the video below to learn about the role of the Science Lead for the IRIS mission. (01:14)