John C. Brasunas, PhD

John Brasunas

Title: Emeritus Astrophysicist

Location: Washington, Maryland, United States

John Brasunas, Emeritus Astrophysicist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cosmology and physics.

In his career, Dr. Brasunas focused on building and deploying instruments in the field. From 1997 to 2018, he was involved as a co-investigator with NASA’s Cassini mission which was focused on sending a probe to Saturn and its system. One of his responsibilities was the long wavelength infrared detector, which he started in 1988 while visiting Germany. His areas of expertise also include high altitude balloon-borne experience and calibration of the instrument data. Prior to working with NASA, Dr. Brasunas was a technology staff member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined NASA in 1985 and remained dedicated to the organization until becoming an emeritus astrophysicist in 2018.

Growing up, Dr. Brasunas was always drawn to science and mathematics and was encouraged to pursue a career in engineering. However, he gravitated towards astrophysicists while studying at Princeton University. He first earned an AB in physics at Princeton in 1974 before continuing his education at Harvard University, where he received an AM in 1976 and a PhD in 1981. Throughout his career, he has contributed to articles, professional journals, and was a reviewer for a Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Optics, Optics Letters, Applied Physics Letters, Optics Express, Journal of Geophysical Research and Applied Superconductivity Conference. In 1990, 1992, 1994, and between 2009 to 2014, Dr. Brasunas received grants from NASA.

In his career, Dr. Brasunas has maintained professional affiliation with the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society, the Ivy Club, the Optical Society of America and the International Society of Optical Engineering. He has contributed his services on the review panels for the NASA Graduate Student Fellowship in Global Change Research, the NASA SBIR, the STTR, the High-Temperature Superconductivity and the NASA PIDDP Program. Looking toward the future, Dr. Brasunas endeavors to attend conferences, consult and mentor young professionals.

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