USRA Senior Manager and Senior Scientist
PhD in Astronomy, University of Florida, 2000
James De Buizer is a professional astronomer and aeronaut, as well as a humanist and skeptic. He currently works for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), which is a NASA project utilizing a heavily modified Boeing 747SP aircraft fitted with a 2.7-meter telescope that flies at high altitude to conduct astronomical research. SOFIA is jointly operated by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and the Deutsches SOFIA Institut (DSI). During his tenure working on NASA's SOFIA project he has flown on-board over 50 missions as Flight Science Director.
James has published research in several areas of observational astronomy and astrophysics from objects in our solar system to distant galaxies, though the formation of high mass stars is his field of expertise. He also has extensive experience with infrared astronomical instrumentation. James regularly gives invited lectures on his research to university faculty and at professional astronomical societies and meetings. He is also passionate about giving science outreach talks to the public.