The People

The JWST project in Canada is led by Principal Investigator René Doyon, based at UdeM. The co-I 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 Sep 2019) involved in the science planning and operations of NIRISS. Several people in the project management (at Honeywell and CSA) are missing from this table.

Science TeamInstrument TeamCollaborators
René Doyon (UdeM -Principal Investigator)Kevin Volk (STScI)Étienne Artigau (UdeM)
Chris Willott (NRC-HAA - Co-Investigator)André Martel (STScI)Alexandra Greenbaum
John Hutchings (NRC-HAA)Swara Ravindranath (STScI)Alex Howe (Michigan)
David Lafrenière (UdeM)Loïc Albert (UdeM)Saavik Ford
Judy Pipher (Rochester)Jason Rowe (Bishop)Julien Rameau (Grenoble)
Ray Jayawardhana (Cornell)Pierre Chayer (STScI)Michael Ireland
Doug Johnstone (NRC-HAA)Paul Goudfrooij (STScI)James Lloyd
Michael Meyer (Michigan)Alex Fullerton (STScI)Barry McKernan
Roberto Abraham (UofT)Stephanie La Massa (STScI)Laurent Pueo
Anand Sivaramakrishnan (STScI)Neil Rowlands (Honeywell)Aleks Scholz
Laura Ferrarese (NRC-HAA)Van Dixon (STScI)Peter Tuthill (U. Sydney)
Marcin Sawicki (Saint Mary's)Jean Dupuis (CSA)Deepashri Thatte
Lisa Kaltenegger (Cornell)Julia Zhou (Honeywell)Gabe Brammer (Niels Bohr Inst.)
David Aldridge (Honeywell)Nicolas Cowan (McGill)
Begoña Vila (NASA)Björn Benneke (UdeM)
Scott Lambros (NASA)Nikole Lewis (Cornell)
Joseph Filippazzo (STScI)Geert Jan Talens (UdeM)
Johannes Sahlmann (STScI)Nathalie Ouellette - EPO/Outreach (UdeM)
Ruobing Dong (UVic)
Adam muzzin
Camilla Pacifici
Neil Cook (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