Career Profiles interview project

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The AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy and the AAS Employment Committee have compiled dozens of interviews (we expect to have over 80 by the end of this project) highlighting the diversity of career trajectories available to astronomers. The interviews share advice and lessons learned from individuals on those paths. 

Below is our list of participants, with links to the blog posts showcasing their responses. The links will build up over time, as we post the interviews to the CSWA, AstroBetter, and AAS blogs. At the very bottom of this page are a few tables summarizing the results.

If you have recommendations for additional participants, please email the person's name, email address, and field of work to l-trouille [at]


  1. Carie Cardamone - Brown University, Associate Director at a Center for Teaching & Learning

  2. TBD

  3. TBD

  4. TBD


  1. Anonymous, Boston Consulting Group, Consultant

  2. TBD

  3. TBD

  4. TBD

Data science

  1. Jessica Kirkpatrick - Yammer/Microsoft, data scientist

  2. Alicia Oshlack - Murdock Children’s Research Institute, Head of Bioinformatics

  3. Stephanie Gogarten - University of Washington, Research Scientist in Statistical Genetics

  4. Anonymous - Traffic Data Analyst


  1. Anonymous - Federally Funded Research and Development Center, Research Staff

  2. Eileen Chollet - Center for Naval Analyses, Research Analyst

  3. Anonymous - Los Alamos National Lab


  1. Melissa Nysewander - Fidelity Investments Principal Data Scientist

  2. Anonymous, Large American Bank, Researcher

  3. TBD

  4. TBD


  1. Anonymous - US Naval Observatory, former Chief of the Nautical Almanac Office (now retired)

  2. Cara Rakowski - US Patent and Trademark Office, Patent Examiner

  3. Anonymous - White House Budget Office

  4. Anonymous - Congressman’s Office, Policy Analysis


  1. Anonymous, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, Researcher

  2. Anonymous, Biotech startup, Researcher

  3. Anonymous, Northrop Grumman, Researcher

  4. Anonymous, Draper Laboratories, Researcher

  5. Anonymous, Noblis, Principal Scientist


  1. Doris Daou - NASA Lunar Science Institute, Associate Director

  2. TBD

  3. TBD

  4. TBD


  1. Doug Roberts, The Adler Planetarium, Astronomer & Associate VP for Digital Technologies

  2. Anonymous - Science Museum, Curator

  3. TBD

  4. TBD

Science communication/writing/publishing

  1. Leslie Sage - Nature, Senior Editor

  2. Rick Feinberg - AAS, Press Officer & EPO Coordinator

  3. Lisa Frattare - STScI, Master Image Processor & Summer Student Program Coordinator

  4. Monica Young - Sky & Telescope, Web Editor

  5. TBD

Science policy

  1. Anonymous - AAAS, Fellow

  2. TBD

  3. TBD

  4. TBD


  1. Amy Nelson - Disney Interactive Worlds, Software Engineer

  2. TBD

  3. TBD

  4. TBD

Teaching & Learning

  1. Anonymous - Online Learning Company, Researcher

  2. Anonymous - High School, Math Teacher

  3. Anonymous - High School, Science Teacher

  4. TBD

Soft money

  1. Anonymous - Large Research 1 Institution, Associate Scientist

  2. TBD

  3. TBD

  4. TBD


  1. Ed Bertschinger - MIT, Physics Department Head

  2. Caroline Simpson - Florida International University, Associate Professor of Physics

  3. Bryan Gaensler - University of Sydney, Professor of Physics; Australian Laureate Fellow; Director for the Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Physics

  4. Joan Schmelz - University of Memphis, Professor

  5. Andria Schwortz - University of Wyoming, Associate Professor of Integrated Science

  6. Anonymous - Large Research 1, Lecturer/non-tenure track

  7. Anonymous - Community College in California, Professor of Astronomy

  8. Meredith Hughes - Wesleyan University, Assistant Professor of Astronomy

  9. Douglas Arion - Carthage College, Professor of Physics & Astronomy; Professor of Entrepreneurship; Director of Carthage Institute of Astronomy; President of Galileoscope LLC

  10. Anonymous - Liberal Arts College, Physics Department Associate Professor

  11. Anonymous - Small Liberal Arts College, Assistant Professor of Physics

  12. Anonymous - Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, astronomer (now retired)

  13. Christine Jones - Smithsonian Institute, Senior Astrophysicist; Director of Smithsonian Consortium on Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

  14. Anonymous - At a University & at an Observatory, Associate Professor & Project Scientist

National labs

  1. Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard, Chief of Astroparticle Physics Laboratory

  2. Anonymous, NOAO, Assistant Scientist

  3. Anonymous, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Researcher

  4. TBD

[Summary Tables under construction]