Don Figer, Director of Center for Detectors and Director of Future Photon Initiative at RIT
Justin Gallagher, RIT
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About the speaker
Dr. Figer has a BA from Northwestern University with a triple major in Physics, Math, and Astronomy, an MS in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Astronomy.
Figer is the director of both the Center for Detectors and the Future Photon Initiative, as well as a professor in the College of Science at Rochester Institute of Technology. He researches massive stars, massive star clusters, the Galactic center, and advanced detectors for cross-disciplinary applications. He has developed detectors and instruments for the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, and those used in Nobel Prize winning research that discovered dark energy and the supermassive black hole at the center of the Galaxy. He continues to develop infrared detectors and single photon detectors for astrophysics and quantum information science.
Figer has received numerous awards for his work, including the NYSTAR Faculty Development Award, the NASA Space Act Award, and the AURA STScI Technology and Innovation Award.