Title: NASA’s next Great Observatory: a large, UV/Optical/Near-IR telescope capable of characterizing nearby habitable worlds
Bio: B. Scott Gaudi is the Thomas Jefferson Professor for Discovery and Space Exploration at the Ohio State University Department of Astronomy. A member of the faculty since 2006, Prof. Gaudi is a leader in the discovery and statistical characterization of extrasolar planets using a variety of methods. Prof. Gaudi was the 2009 recipient of the Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society, won an NSF CAREER Award and Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) in 2012, and received NASA’s Outstanding Public Leadership Medal in 2017. He earned his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the Ohio State University. He was co-chair of the NAS Exoplanets Science Strategy committee, and co-community chair of the NASA Habitable Exoplanet Observatory mission concept study.