Frank Eparvier appointed new scientific director of LASP
The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), the largest space science research institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has appointed Frank Eparvier as Associate Director for Science. Eparvier, an expert in solar science and a specialist in solar energy production, has worked as a researcher at LASP for more than 25 years. His new role will start on July 1.
“It’s a great honor to be chosen as the lead scientist for an organization that is brimming with so many talented people,” Eparvier said. “The breadth and depth of space science that takes place at LASP, and the societal importance of this research, make our institute a truly unique and exciting place to participate.”
Eparvier earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1985 and a Ph.D. from the Department of Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1991. After working as a postdoctoral researcher at LASP for two years, Eparvier spent several years at the NOAA Space Environment Lab, NCAR, and CIRES/NOAA Space Environment Center before returning to LASP in 1997 to pursue solar and atmospheric research on NASA and NOAA missions.
Eparvier is an expert in measuring solar irradiance (emission of light energy) and in understanding the sources of its variability and the resulting effects on the atmospheres and spatial environments of Earth and other planets. Most recently, he served as Principal Investigator on the EXIS (Extreme Ultraviolet and X-Ray Irradiance Sensors) suite of instruments aboard the NOAA GOES constellation of weather satellites. Eparvier also worked as an instrumentist and project scientist on the Extreme Ultraviolet Variability Experiment at NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory; chief instrument on the Extreme Ultraviolet Monitor (EUVM) of NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars; and as an instrumentalist on the Solar EUV experiment on NASA’s TIMED mission.
“This appointment is very significant for me because I obtained my doctorate. at LASP three decades ago, and back then I never imagined that I would one day be the lead scientist in the lab,” Eparvier said. He has authored or co-authored over 75 scientific papers and reports and has received many notable honors, including several NASA Group Achievements and Outstanding Achievements for Science Awards. He now brings this expertise to his new role as Associate Scientific Director of LASP.
Eparvier was nominated by LASP Director Dan Baker, who considered the researcher’s scientific excellence, extensive collaborations with engineering, data systems, mission operations, and administrative staff at the LASP. institute, and his impressive record of service to the institute and its profession.
“Over the years, Frank has served LASP in many key ways, including serving as chair of several research committees and advisory groups and as deputy director of solar and stellar science,” Baker said. “Frank’s broad knowledge of LASP programs and culture makes him the ideal person to lead our burgeoning scientific efforts.”
Eparvier will take on the role from which Bruce Jakosky retired after 17 years. “LASP is the first such organization in the country, and possibly in the world,” Jakosky said. “It was a real pleasure to have played a leading role in the evolution of the laboratory.”
LASP conducts transformational scientific research using space, airborne, laboratory, field and theoretical approaches. This includes building, flying and operating scientific instruments, rocket payloads and small large spacecraft to carry out scientific exploration. “One of LASP’s main strengths is that we accomplish a lot by working together,” Jakosky said. “I viewed my role as Associate Director to ensure we didn’t lose sight of science as the central theme and to do what I could to foster an environment in which everyone could collaborate.”
The external environment in which LASP operates is constantly changing, and Jakosky believes Eparvier is the right person, at the right time, for the job. “I am confident that as the new Chief Scientist, Frank Eparvier can recognize these changes, help understand what the implications are for LASP, and ensure that the laboratory’s scientific research grows in the future,” he said. he declares.
Eparvier, for his part, is eager to get started. “LASP is a special place with an incredible history. I look forward to helping shape our future in the ever-expanding frontiers of space science,” he said.