Current Ambassadors

WWT Ambassadors Leadership

  • Alyssa Goodman is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution   She and her colleagues research how interstellar gas arranges itself into new stars.  Alyssa co-founded The Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC) at Harvard, and she served as its Director from 2005-8, fostering new work at the boundary between computing and science.   Alyssa’s own research in this area focuses on new ways to visualize and analyze the tremendous data volumes created by astronomy surveys.  Presently, she is working closely with colleagues at Microsoft Research, helping to expand the use of the WorldWide Telescope program as the Principal Investigator for the WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors Program. 
  • Patricia Udomprasert helps to run the WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors (WWTA) Program.  Patricia holds a Ph.D. in astronomy from Caltech, where she discovered that she has a passion for teaching, and explaining why our Universe is as it is and how we know.  She taught high school astronomy, physics, and math at Concord Academy for 5 years before helping to launch the WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors Program in 2010.

Boston Area Ambassadors

  • Mary Becker holds degrees in astronomy and physics, and she was an astronomy and physics teacher and a planetarium astronomer in Chicago before moving to the Boston area.  She wrote shows includingSaturn Encounter and Spacequest for the Cernan Space Center and Fast Forward to the Future: the Next 500 Years in Space and Seeing the Invisible Universe for Adler Planetarium. She is a founding member of The Planetary Studies Foundation which promotes astronomy education and meteorite research and has co-authored papers related to meteorite studies.  Mary is the founder of Starryboards LLC, which produces astronomy related fulldome shows with an emphasis on the history of science.  This is Mary’s second year as a WWT Ambassador.
  • Jamie Budynkiewicz works with the Chandra X-Ray Centre's Software Development group at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013 with a double major in physics and astronomy. At college, Jamie delved into several research projects, most of which studied the formation and evolution of distant galaxies. Outside of research, Jamie is an avid supporter of science education and outreach. She tutored fellow students in astronomy, physics and math during college, and helped lead weekly observation nights for students and the public for four years with the UMass Astronomy Club. Jamie is a new member of the WWTA. She is excited to help others develop their curiosity in astronomy through the WWT.
  • Shane Bussmann grew up in California and went to the University of Arizona for graduate school.  He completed his Ph.D. in September and moved to Cambridge for a 3 year astronomy postdoctoral fellowship.  He has always believed that education and outreach are particularly important for astronomy, and now he is finally doing something about it!
  • Ana-Maria Constantin is an undergraduate student at Harvard University, concentrating in Astrophysics and Computer Science, with a French Language Citation. Her first contacts with astronomy happened in the beginning of high school, when she started competing for astronomy Olympiads, back in Romania. She now holds 4 Bronze Medals and 1 Gold Medal at International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competitions. She taught her first astronomy class when she was 17, and she absolutely loved it, as she realized that it gave her the possibility of having a positive social impact by using her scientific skills. Ana-Maria loves everything related to technology, science, and education, and she wants to pursue a career at the intersection of these three fields. 
  • Astronomy has been a lifelong passion for Joe DePasquale.  He was inspired by Carl Sagan to pursue a career in the field.  After graduating from Villanova University in 2001 with a B.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Joe moved to Cambridge, MA to work for NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  He spent 8 years on the operations side of the telescope, scheduling observations, managing thermal loads, and calibrating one of the observatory's cameras.  When the position of Science Imager for Chandra's Education and Public Outreach department opened up, Joe decided to take on a new challenge and merge his interest in art with his love of astronomy.  In this new position, Joe has been working to incorporate more of Chandra's spectacular imagery into WWT and is now working with the WWTA program as an extension of Chandra's outreach efforts as well as to contribute to general astronomy education.
  • Meredith MacGregor graduated with her B.A. in astrophysics and physics from Harvard in 2011. She loved living in Cambridge so much, she decided to stick around and is now a third year graduate student at Harvard working on a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Meredith's research focus is on how planetary systems form and evolve. Essentially, she looks at dust around other stars. In addition to trying to get her Ph.D., Meredith loves being involved in outreach and teaching because she thinks that astronomy is incredibly cool and that more people should have the opportunity to learn about it!
  • Dick Post holds a BS in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Applied Physics from Columbia University.  After serving as a physics teacher trainer and senior thesis advisor in Colombia through the Peace Corps, Dick worked as a nuclear engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin and a Senior Scientist at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center.  Dick was the founder and CEO of two semiconductor equipment companies, most recently of NEXX Systems, and he retired in 2010.  Dick is an amateur astronomer who joined the WWT Ambassadors program because he enjoys teaching and would like to contribute to science education.  
  • Molly Wasser has a joint degree in Cinema and Media Studies and Astronomy from Wellesley College. She is now a Multimedia Specialist in the Science Education Department at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where she spends most of her time making online science courses. She is also pursuing a M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education. Molly wasn't interested in astronomy, or science in general, until college, and so she is really excited about exposing a younger audience to the wonders of the universe through WorldWide Telescope. 
  • Lisa Wei was a postdoctoral research fellow for the Submillimeter Array at the Center for Astrophysics. She majored in Astronomy at Cornell University, and recently got her PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was inspired to study Astronomy after a field trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 4th grade, and wanted to share her awe of the universe with others as an Ambassador for the World Wide Telescope.
  • Kate Alexander, Harvard graduate student
  • Hope Chen, Harvard graduate student
  • Chris Faesi, Harvard graduate student
  • Ryan Loomis, Harvard graduate student
  • Katherine Rosenfield, Harvard graduate student
  • Nathan Sanders, Harvard graduate student
  • Yuan-Sen Ting, Harvard graduate student
  • Paul Wright, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Research Scholar
  • Adrian Arteaga, Harvard undergraduate
  • Jonathan Jackson, Harvard undergraduate
  • Erin Lotridge, Harvard undergraduate
  • Virginia Marcus, Harvard undergraduate

Ambassadors no longer in Boston

  • Being an astronomer was the only occupation Moha Azimlu could think of since her childhood.  She taught her first astronomy class when she was 15.  Later, she studied physics and began writing in a public astronomy magazine and participating in many outreach activities. After receiving her Masters in astronomy she appeared on TV shows as an astronomy expert.  She won the Sky & Telescope and the International Astronomical League award for the "Best New Ideas for Astronomy Day" in 2004.  She received her PhD from the University of Waterloo, Canada where she was also the coordinator of the Gustav Bakos observatory.  She ran observatory tours and gave public talks for a wide range of audiences, from boy scout and girl guide groups to seniors visiting from a church, and college students. Teaching astronomy and outreach have always been an important part of her life.
  • Stella Offner was a National Science Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (2009-2012).  Her research focuses on understanding how stars like our sun form.  She has participated in a number of science outreach projects for middle school students including Science Club for Girls and Expanding Your Horizons.  She thinks astronomy is really cool and she enjoys teaching, which is why she’s serving as a WWT Ambassador!  Stella is now a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University.
  • Jeremy Cushman, Harvard undergraduate '12.  Jeremy is now a graduate student in the physics department at Yale University.
  • Sanjana Sharma, high school intern (2008-2009).  Sana is now an undergraduate student at Yale University.

Chicago-Area Ambassadors

  • Abby Vieregg is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. While at the CfA, she was a National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Fellow working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  She received her PhD in astroparticle physics from UCLA.  Abby's research focus is observational Cosmology, the study of the early universe.  Her research takes her to the South Pole, where she works with a team of scientists to build, test, and run a suite of microwave telescopes to look at the oldest light in the Universe to learn about what the early Universe was like.  She thinks astronomy, physics, and Antarctica are really cool!
  • Laura Trouille (Adler/Northwestern)
  • Doug Roberts (Northwestern)

Baltimore-Area Ambassadors

Graduate students in the Astronomy Dept at Johns Hopkins University have begun a WWTA group in Baltimore.
  • Kevin Fogarty
  • Katie Harrington
  • Alex Greenbaum
  • Rachael Alexandroff
  • Schuyler Wolff
  • Duncan Watts
  • Arpit Gupta

Alabama Ambassadors

  • A. David Weigel s the planetarium director at the Boyd E. Christenberry Planetarium at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. He uses WorldWide Telescope as the sole presentation software in the planetarium and produces all original content to cater to the thousands of visitors that the planetarium sees annually. David incorporates WWT into the college classroom setting for astronomy, math, geography, and history classes. He further teaches summer camps for high school students that use WWT to explore the universe and peak STEM interest. One of his current passions is to develop WWT content for the Oculus Rift, to add the wow-factor to education.

Dallas-Fort Worth Ambassadors

The DFW SIM (Society for Information Management) runs an initiative through its Regional Leadership Forum to bring WWT to local schools.  

  • Barbie Barta
  • Diwakar Dewan
  • Bob Lennard
  • Praful Mainker holds an Electrical Engineering BS from India, an MS from Iowa State University, and has held a CFA designation since 2005.  Praful currently serves as Senior Vice President for Citigroup's Global Consumer business in Operational Risk Management. Praful was introduced to WWT as a student at SIM-DFW's Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) in 2008 and has since launched WWT programs at independent school districts in Lewisville and Frisco. Praful was named Chairperson of SIM-DFW's STEM Education initiative in 2012 and helped cement the partnership between SIM-DFW and Harvard's WWTA program. Praful now leads SIM-DFW's Outreach program. Please see Praful's full professional profile Praful and his family have been residents of the Dallas - Fort Worth (DFW) area for the last 20 years.
  • Mike Rochelle is a leadership and management consultant, instructor, facilitator and coach with extensive experience in the IT industry.  He attended WorldWide Telescope Ambassador training in 2011 and has been sharing WWT with professionals in the IT community who 
  • Michael Ross
  • Kelly Slaughter
  • Enoch Timothy is President/CEO of Paladin Consulting, Inc.  His deep industry experience has shaped Paladin’s services and solutions to better enable clients across the US and Canada to achieve rapid resource deployment in support of business needs while neutralizing work load challenges.  He is passionate about delivering solutions for business while serving clients with excellence.  He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science with honors from the University of West Florida; and an MBA in management with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is engaged in industry trade associations, conferences, boards and charities including SIM DFW Education Committee Chairman.

Ambassadors Beyond

  • Phil Rosenfield, WA
  • Mari Westerhausen, AZ
  • Marty McGowan, NJ
  • Josh Knight, NY
  • Dorota Kupras, Poland
  • Jacek Kupras, Poland
  • Saket Singh Kaurav, India