TAEM interview with Kirk Borne

From the TAEM digest January 2013 Issue

TAEM- The Arts and Entertainment’ Magazine’s publisher, Joseph J. O’Donnell, issued a challenge in the December 15th issue of our publication to start a ‘grass roots movement’ to support NASA. This support is spreading over the academic world and its start has taken place in the George Mason University faculty and student body. The challenge has centered on not only on Support of NASA, but to give the agency ideas for space exploration for its future programs.

Dr. Kirk Borne, of GMU, is a Data Scientist and Astrophysicist, and is one of the many professors from the school that has stepped forward to offer insights into what can be achieved. Professor Borne, please tell our readers about your educational training for your fields.

KBMy undergraduate B.S. degree was in Physics at Louisiana State University, with a lot of math and some astronomy.  My goal was to study astronomy in graduate school, so the math and physics coursework was essential.  I loved all of those topics, and astronomy gave me the opportunity to study them all. I went to graduate school at Caltech, receiving a PhD in astronomy in 1983. I studied under some of the great astronomers of that era. It was a fantastic experience. In the years since then, I worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope project for 10 years and at NASA’s Astronomy Data Center within the Space Science Data Operations Office at the Goddard Space Flight Center for another 10 years, and I have now been at George Mason University since 2003.  All of my research and my work experiences at NASA always involved working with scientific data – this led me to the field of Data Science, which is the application of data methods and algorithms to the study of any discipline  read more