Space Experts

Sean Lindsay

Astronomy Coordinator, Lecturer

Sean Lindsay’s primary research is on determining the mineralogy and relative abundances of dust species for the small bodies of the solar system to understand the origins and evolution of the solar system.


Devon Burr

Associate Professor

Devon Burr is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences who studies surface geology of planetary bodies like Mars, Titan, and the icy moons in the outer solar system through the use of images, topography, and other remote sensing data to infer the processes. She also explores how wind moves sediment on other bodies by using wind tunnels that allow for the simulation of the pressure, density, or fluid flow of extraterrestrial atmospheres or exospheres.


David “Butch” Irick

Research Associate Professor of Mechanical Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering

David “Butch” Irick focuses his research on alternate forms of transportation, fuels, and engines, as well as being the faculty sponsor of the university’s EcoCar program.


Mark Littmann

Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media, Hill Chair of Excellence in Science Writing, CCI Board of Visitors Professor

The director of a planetarium before turning to academia, Mark Littmann is a journalism professor whose expertise is in science writing and astronomy.


Larry Taylor

Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute

Larry Taylor is a leading expert on the mineralogy and geochemistry of rocks and soils on the Moon and was a member of the team that first discovered water on the Moon. He also is an expert on the origin and nature of natural diamonds, particularly those from Siberia.


Linda C. Kah

Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Linda Kah combines field work, rock textures, and geochemistry of some of the Earth’s earliest rocks to explore the evolution of Earth’s oceans and the role of microbial life. She is also a co-investigator on the Mars Curiosity rover mission, and is responsible for interpreting depositional environments of Martian rocks.


Joshua Emery

Assistant Professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Josh Emery is an expert in astronomy, particularly that of our own solar system. His research focuses on understanding surface compositions of bodies throughout the solar system, with an emphasis on ices and complex organic material.


Ben Blalock

Ben Blalock

Blalock-Kennedy-Pierce Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ben Blalock is a leading researcher into computer chip technology and small electronics.


Jeff Moersch

Associate Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Jeff Moersch is an associate professor of earth and planetary sciences whose research focuses on planetary geology and creating new technology for remote sensing.