Astrophysics Science Division

Aki Roberge


Aki Roberge's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.2967
Org Code: 660
Mail Code 660
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Research Interests

Planet Formation and Mission Concept Development

Astrophysics: Planetary Disk Formation

  1. The study of planet formation through multi-wavelength observations of circumstellar disks around nearby young stars
  2. Development of space telescope mission concepts

More info at my personal research webpage.

Current Projects

Co-Lead of the Habitable Worlds Observatory Technical Assessment Group (TAG)

Technology & Missions


Associate Director for Technology and Strategy

Astrophysics Science Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

2022 - Present

Acting Deputy Director

Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

2021 - 2021

Discipline Scientist

Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters - Washington, DC

2020 - 2021

Research Astrophysicist

Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Lab, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

2008 - 2023

NASA Postdoctoral Fellow

Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Lab, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

2005 - 2008

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow

Dept. of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science - Washington, DC

2002 - 2005


2003, Ph.D (Astrophysics), Johns Hopkins University, Thesis: "Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Circumstellar Disks"

1999, M.A. (Physics), Johns Hopkins University

1996, B.S. (Physics w/ Planetary Science minor), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Service

Core Team Member, NASA Science Mission Directorate Large Mission Study (2019-2021)

Member, NASA Planetary Science Advisory Committee (2018-2020)

Member, NASA Astrophysics Visionary Roadmap Team (2013)

Member, NASA Exoplanet Exploration Program Analysis Group (ExoPAG) Executive Committee (2009-2013)


NASA Honor Awards, Exceptional Achievement Medal (2020)

Robert H. Goddard Award for Leadership (2019)

GSFC Special Act Award, “Exceptional Outreach to Minority Serving Institutions” (2015)

Robert H. Goddard Award for Science (2014)

Special Experience

Study Scientist, NASA LUVOIR Mission Concept Study (2016-2019)

Deputy Program Scientist, Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (2020-2021)

Member, WFIRST Formulation Science Working Group (2015-2020)

Member, NASA Exoplanet Probe Science and Technology Definition Team, Exo-S Mission Concept (2013-2015)