The People

The JWST project in Canada is led by Principal Investigator René Doyon, based at UdeM. The Project Scientist is Chris Willott at NRC-HAA. The Canadian Space Agency is funding the FGS/NIRISS project and the instrument was built, tested and maintained by Honeywell corporation (formerly Comdev). CSA is funding full-time NIRISS instrument scientists at UdeM and STScI. The below table lists people that are or have been (as of January 2021) involved in the science planning and operations of NIRISS. Several people in the project management (at Honeywell and the CSA) may be missing from this table.

Core Science TeamInstrument TeamScientific Collaborators
René Doyon (UdeM - Principal Investigator)Stephanie La Massa (STScI - Lead)Björn Benneke (UdeM)
Chris Willott (NRC-HAA - Project Scientist)Pierre Chayer (STScI/CSA)Maruša Bradač (UC Davis)
Roberto Abraham (UofT)Rachel Cooper (STScI)Gabe Brammer (Niels Bohr Inst.)
Laura Ferrarese (NRC-HAA)Van Dixon (STScI)Anthony Cheetham (Genève)
John Hutchings (NRC-HAA)Néstor Espinoza (STScI)Nicolas Cowan (McGill)
Ray Jayawardhana (Cornell)Joseph Filippazzo (STScI)Ruobing Dong (UVic)
Doug Johnstone (NRC-HAA)Camilla Pacifici (STScI/CSA)Saavik Ford (AMNH)
Lisa Kaltenegger (Cornell)Paul Goudfrooij (STScI)Alexandra Greenbaum (CS Draper Lab)
David Lafrenière (UdeM)André Martel (STScI)Alex Howe (Michigan)
Michael Meyer (Michigan)Takahiro Morishita (STScI)Michael Ireland (ANU)
Judy Pipher (Rochester)Swara Ravindranath (STScI/CSA)Kartheik Iyer (UofT)
Marcin Sawicki (Saint Mary's)Arpita Roy (STScI)Nikole Lewis (Cornell)
Anand Sivaramakrishnan (STScI)Tony Sohn (STScI)James Lloyd (Cornell)
Jo Taylor (STScI)Nicholas Martis (NRC-HAA/Saint Mary's)
Kevin Volk (STScI/CSA)Barry McKernan (CUNY)
Oleg Djazovski (CSA)Lamiya Mowla (UofT)
Jean Dupuis (CSA)Adam Muzzin (York)
Daniel Gaudreau (CSA)Gaël Noirot (Saint Mary's)
Luminita Ilinca Ignat (CSA)Nathalie Ouellette (UdeM)
Michael Maszkiewicz (CSA)Laurent Pueyo (STScI)
Michel Wander (CSA)Julien Rameau (Grenoble)
David Aldridge (Honeywell)Jason Rowe (Bishop's)
Neil Rowlands (Honeywell)Aleks Scholz (St Andrews)
Gerry Warner (Honeywell)Anthony Soulain (U. Sydney)
Julia Zhou (Honeywell)Deepashri Thatte (STScI)
Scott Lambros (NASA)Peter Tuthill (U. Sydney)
Begoña Vila (NASA)Tim White (Aarhus U)
Loïc Albert (UdeM)
Étienne Artigau (UdeM)
Neil Cook (UdeM)
Geert Jan Talens (UdeM)

Institutions Acronyms

  • STScI – Space Telescope Science Institute
  • UdeM – Université de Montréal
  • Honeywell – Honeywell Corporation, formerly known as Comdev, main contracter
  • CSA – Canadian Space Agency
  • NRC-HAA – NRC-HAA (Herzberg Astronomy & Astrophysics)
  • UofT – University of Toronto