Johannes Benkhoff, Co-Chair
Dr. Deborah Domingue is the Deputy Director and a Senior Researcher at the Planetary Science Institute. She was the Deputy Project Scientist for the MESSENGER mission to Mercury and a member of both the MESSENGER/MDIS and MESSENGER/MASCS instrument teams. Her expertise is in the photometric and spectral properties of planetary surfaces and the application of models and laboratory data for the interpretation spacecraft observations. Her work has involved the study of space weathering processes on the Moon, Mercury, and asteroids. She is a guest investigator on the Hayabusa2 mission, working with both the Hayabusa2/ONC and Hayabusa2/NIRS3 instrument teams. Deborah is currently engaged with the Stone Team to characterize the samples returned from Ryugu, Hayabusa2’s target asteroid. She is a Theme Lead for the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute’s Toolbox for Research and Exploration (SSERVI-TREX), which includes laboratory studies of both solar particle irradiation and micrometeorite bombardment processes on asteroid surfaces.
Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin is a Senior Research Scientist in the Astrophysics Laboratory at Columbia University. His group is current commissioning an apparatus to ion irradiate regolith-like loose powders and study their sputtering yield and their bidirectional reflectance spectroscopy. Daniel is a Fellow of the American Astronomical Society and the American Physical Society. He is also a founding organizer of the Laboratory Astrophysics Division (LAD) of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the first new AAS division in over 30 years. He served as the LAD Secretary for the first 7 years of the division. Since 2017 he has also been the Laboratory Astrophysics Science Editor for the AAS journals, which include The Astrophysical Journal Letters, The Astronomical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal Supplemental Series, and The Planetary Science Journal.
Dr. Joe Zender works at the European Space Agency and has been involved in supporting numerous ESA planetary missions, such as Huygens, Mars Express, Rosetta, and now BepiColombo. He is also involved in smaller-sized demonstration-type missions, including Proba-2 and Proba-3. His science interests cover the study of the solar atmosphere and the solar wind. He is also a meteor observer and involved in the chemical analysis of the meteor ablation process in the Earth atmosphere.
Dr. André Galli is a researcher, project manager, and lecturer at the Space Research and Planetary Sciences Division of the University of Bern. His current research involves laboratory experiments on the plasma interaction with the Moon, Mercury, and icy bodies of the solar system. His expertise is in space plasma and he is engaged in the data analysis of heliospheric satellite missions and studies related to the sustainability of space exploration. He is the project scientist of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer and a Co-I on NASA’s Intersteller Mapping probe.
Dr. Anna Milillo is Senior Scientist at INAF/IAPS. Her studies focus on the space environment of the bodies within the solar system. She is an expert in the interactions between the ions, radiation and micrometeoroids within magnetospheres, the upper atmospheres/exospheres/, and surfaces. She is also an expert in Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA) instrument concept development, testing, and science operation. Anna’s current major field of investigation is Mercury’s environment and its interaction with the Sun and exosphere generation processes. She is a BepiColombo Interdisciplinary scientist (coordinator of the Hermean Environment Working Group), Deputy PI of the BepiColombo/SERENA particle package, and also Co-I of the BepiColombo PHEBUS and SIXS instruments. She was Co-I of flown space particle detectors (e.g.: MEX/ASPERA-3 and VEX/ASPERA-4) and a member of the Magnetosphere Working Group for the EJSM (Europa Jupiter System Mission) requirements definition. Anna served as a Convener of the ISSI workshop “Surface bounded exospheres and interactions in the inner Solar System” (Bern, Switzerland, 20-24 January 2020) and is the lead guest editor of Space Science Review for the ISSI book currently in preparation. She is a topical editor for Ann. Geoph. and an associate editor of the Universe journal. She was associate editor for JGR-Space Physics.
Dr. Michelle Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Purdue University. Michelle and her group work to understand the space weathering of airless bodies including the Moon, asteroids, and Mercury. She uses a combination of laboratory experiments and returned sample analysis to understand the chemical, microstructural, and spectral alterations produced by space weathering processes. She is a NASA Early Career Fellow and science team member on the Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx missions.