Charles E. Woodward

Charles E. Woodward

Charles "Chick" E. Woodward

Coordinator of LBTO, Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy

Contact

John T. Tate Hall
Room 285-06
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Affiliations

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA)
Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO)

Education

Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1987
M.A., University of Rochester, 1982
A.B., Dartmouth College, 1980

Professional Background

Professor, University of Minnesota, 2005-present

Chair, NASA SOFIA Users Committee, present

Member of the NASA HQ Astrophysics Advisory Committee (FACA Cmte.), present

Board Member and Vice-Chair, Large Binocular Telescope Corporation, present

Vice-President, The American Astronomical Society, 2015-2018

Member, NAS/NRC Committee on the Survey of Surveys 2013-2015

Team Member, NASA Discovery (Planetary) Mission Selection Panel, 2011-2012

Member, Astronomy Astrophysics Advisory Committee, 2009-2012

Member, National Academy Science, Space Studies Board, 2007-2011

Councilor, American Astronomical Society, 2008-2011

Member, OIR Panel Ast2010 Decadal Committee, 2008-2010

Chair, International Gemini Observatory Board 2007-2010

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, 2000-2004

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Astronomical Society

Biography

Woodward is an international expert in XUVOIR ground, and space-based observational astrophysics, instrumentation development, and telescope construction, management, and operations. He also has significant experience in national space policy. His primary research is on the physical properties of astrophysical grains in interstellar, circumstellar, and solar system environments, the physics of nova explosions and their chemical contributions to the interstellar medium, the physical characteristics of the circumstellar ejecta of evolved stars, evolved stellar population demographics, and the IR activity of comet nuclei and small solar system bodies. He played a significant role in the programmatic development of the NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (Spitzer) legacy sciences opportunities, and has participated in mentoring programs to enhance diversity in the field of astrophysics. His research is supported by the NSF and NASA.

Research Interests

Woodward is an international expert in XUVOIR ground, and space-based observational astrophysics, instrumentation development, and telescope construction, management, and operations. He also has significant experience in national space policy. His primary research is on the physical properties of astrophysical grains in interstellar, circumstellar, and solar system environments, the physics of nova explosions and their chemical contributions to the interstellar medium, the physical characteristics of the circumstellar ejecta of evolved stars, evolved stellar population demographics, and the IR activity of comet nuclei and small solar system bodies. He played a significant role in the programmatic development of the NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (Spitzer) legacy sciences opportunities, and has participated in mentoring programs to enhance diversity in the field of astrophysics. His research is supported by the NSF and NASA.

Woodward website

Honors and Awards

National Science Foundation-White House Presidential Faculty Fellow

National Science Foundation-Young Investigator Award

Smithsonian Institution Faculty Fellow-Air & Space Museum

Ford Foundation Minority Fellow