Advisory Board

We have a scientific advisory board who provide direction and advice on an ad-hoc basis.

The current advisory board consists of:

Ken Tapping, Dominion Radio Astronomy Observatory

Born Erith, Kent, UK
Got into backyard radio astronomy at High School – Still Doing it.
BSc Mathematics (University of London, UK)
MSc Space Physics (University College London, UK)
PhD Astrophysics, (University of Utrecht, Netherlands)

1968-75: Worked as a radio astronomer with UK Science Research Council
1975-Present: National Research Council of Canada (Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics)
1985-Present Head of the Solar Radio Monitoring Programme

Amara Graps, Planetary Science Institute

Baltic Space Entrepreneur. Small planetary bodies science
researcher. Amara Graps has 12 years of experience specializing in
the charging and dynamics of circumplanetary dust, with 35 years
total experience working in astronomy, astrophysics, and planetary
science research, at Deep Space Industries (Latvia/Europe/USA), the
University of Latvia, Planetary Science Institute (USA), Southwest
Research Institute (USA), National Institute of Astrophysical
Observatories (Italy), Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics
(Germany), NASA-Ames, Stanford University, the University of
Colorado and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Since moving to Latvia,
Graps has shifted to developing planetary projects to increase the
space-oriented capacities in the Baltic region, increasing the
unexplored links between research, education and industry in her new
country and being an interface between asteroid scientists and
asteroid mining engineers.

Paul Shuch, Director Emeritus, SETI League

[BIO pending]

Trond Trondsen, President, Keo Scientic

[BIO pending]

Stan Kurtz, UNAM, Mexico

Stan Kurtz received his PhD in physics from the University of
Wisconsin at Madison in 1993. His dissertation was on the topic of
radio observations of galactic high mass star formation regions.
Seeking to broaden his horizons, he declined several offers of
postdoctoral positions in the U.S., choosing instead to do a postdoc
abroad. He accepted an appointment at the National University of
Mexico in Mexico City in 1993.

When his postdoc was finished, he was invited to join the newly formed
Center of Radioastronomy and Astrophysics that the National University
had opened in the provincial capital of Morelia. Since 1996 he has
been a researcher at this institute. His research program continues
to be directed primarily toward galactic high mass star formation,
studying in particular hot molecular cores, ultra and hyper compact
HII regions, and interstellar masers.

He is active in the American radio astronomical community, serving on
various committees and advisory groups for the National Radio
Astronomy Observatory. His teaching duties include graduate and
undergraduate physics and astronomy, and he recently co-wrote an
undergraduate level textbook on radio astronomy. Currently he is
developing a laboratory for radio instrumentation whose projects
include a digital spectrometer for installation on the Mexican Large
Millimeter Telescope and the fabrication of an X-band feed horn for
the Goonhilly telescope in England.