The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) has many gifted staff members who dedicate their time and money to keep IASC running smoothly. Most of the IASC staff are volunteers which allows IASC to continue to offer its programs for free.
Dr. Miller is a professor of mathematics at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. He also teaches introductory astronomy and astronomical research methods at the University. He founded IASC in October 2006, and serves as the Vice-President of the Permanent Council of the Global Hands-On Universe Association.
Mr. Vorobjov is originally from Bratislava in the Slovak Republic. He graduated with a BA in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics from Colby College. He currently resides in London where he is a lead creative technologist in a digital agency. With an avid interest in astronomy, he is an IASC astronomer responsible for verifying citizen scientist asteroid discoveries and taking follow-up images to complete the discovery process.
Mr. Foglia is a civil engineer in Italy. He has a passion for astronomy research of Solar System minor bodies and is the Minor Planets Section recorder of the Italian Amateurs Astronomers Union (UAI) since 1996. He provides backup support for the citizen science groups participating in the IASC asteroid search campaigns.
Mr. Buzzi lives in Italy where he has been a member of the Schiaparelli Astronomical Observatory since 1997. He works full time for the Observatory, where he does educational and scientific activities (mainly astrometry of NEOs). He collaborates with IASC doing follow-ups of IASC discoveries with local and remote telescopes.
Dr. Hartung is a researcher in computational astronomy based in Boulder, Colorado, and is a member of the Infrastructure for Astrophysics Applications Computing project at the International Center for Computational Science. He develops and runs pipelines that prepare large format images from professional survey telescopes for use by IASC.
Dr. Hibbs is an Associate Professor in the Engineering & Physics Department at Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX). Using the 32in RC TSU telescope, he and his students provide follow-up support for the IASC asteroid discoveries. Currently he is building a galaxy reference library for future IASC supernova search campaigns.
Mrs. Davis is a 2014 Mathematics graduate of Hardin-Simmons University. She enjoys astronomy and attended the 2013 Global Hands-On Universe conference in Greece. As coordinator, she processes MPC reports and reports discoveries during IASC campaigns.
Mr. Valadez is a retired United States Air Force veteran of 22.5 years. He earned a Master's degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2008. He worked for Dr. Miller as a Teacher Assistant from 2003 - 2015. As Technical Assistant, he assists in the management of search campaigns and programs.
Mrs. Anderson is a retired science teacher in May, Texas. She was a participant of the Introductory Astronomy Course at Abilene Christian University (June 2008) and of the Summer Astronomy Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (June-July 2008). She works with the participating citizen science groups as they first learn to analyze image sets using the software Astrometrica.
Mrs. Rothrock is a science teacher in Bryan, Texas. She was a participant of the Summer Astronomy Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (June-July 2008). She works with the participating citizen science groups as they first learn to analyze image sets using the software Astrometrica.
Yogesh is doing his undergraduate work in Mechanical Engineering. He is deeply passionate for Astronomy & astrophysics. He has made several Main Belt Asteroid Discoveries in many IASC campaigns. He was also invited for CSS-NEO search campaigns and had important Near Earth Observations. He was also the part of ARIES Training School in Observational Astronomy (ATSOA-2017) at Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital. He is now working on suspecting Supernovae by blinking digital CCD images.
Silvana has an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and post-graduate studies in Mathematics Teaching Methodology and Physics. She teaches at Ramon Sanches Marques Public School. Since 2016, she and her students have participated in the International Meeting of Astronomy and Astronautics. And since 2017, she has participated in IASC asteroid search campaigns with her students. She handles IASC training for citizen science groups located in Tangara da Serra MT, Brazil.
Mrs. Donahue recently retired after 20 years of teaching Earth Science in East Brunswick, NJ. She started Asteroid Club with her 8th grade honors science students in 2016. In 2018, she presented a workshop on the IASC program at the NJ Science Convention. She now works with participating citizen science groups as they first learn to analyze image sets using the software Astrometrica.
On the right is Dr. Pennypacker. He is a researcher in astro-physics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he was one of the recipients of the 2007 Gruber Prize in Cosmology for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He is the co-founder of Hands-On Universe, and serves as the President of the Executive Council of the Global Hands-On Universe Association.
Dr. Holmes is a professional photographer in Illinois. He has a passion for astronomy research and education. ARI's 24in, 32in, and 50in telescopes have been used in the past to provide images analyzed by citizen science groups in the IASC asteroid search campaigns and near-Earth object confirmation campaigns.
Mr. Raab is a software engineer in Austria. He is a member of Linzer Astronomische Gemeinschaft, having served as its president since 1996. He developed the software Astrometrica used by citizen science groups to analyze the image sets in the IASC asteroid search campaigns and near-Earth object confirmation campaigns.
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