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Matthew Greenhouse

Outstanding Alumnus 2017


Doctorate of Philosophy - 1989 - Physics

Matthew Greenhouse is an astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He specializes in
development of astrophysics space flight missions and technologies. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined
the Smithsonian Institution where he played a key role on several NASA and European Space Agency
science missions. He moved to NASA during 1996, where he was given responsibility for the science
instrumentation on the James Webb Space Telescope – the largest science project in U.S. government
history. He is author of more than 100 scientific publications and is the recipient of the NASA
Exceptional Achievement Medal and the Robert H. Goddard Award for Achievement in Science.
Greenhouse’s post-graduate professional training includes completion in more than 20 courses in
technical management, public leadership, and engineering. He received a Certificate in Public Leadership
from the Brookings Institution during 2012.

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