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Dr. Louis J. Lanzerotti

Dr. Louis J. Lanzerotti
Distinguished Research Professor of Physics
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Workshop Title: From Researcher to Representative, Learning to Listen to the Community

Biographical Sketch

Louis J. Lanzerotti was born and grew up in Carlinville, Illinois. He received a B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois in 1960 and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in physics in 1963 and 1965 from Harvard University. After serving 2 years as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and at Bell Laboratories, Lanzerotti joined the technical staff of Bell Laboratories in 1967.  In 2002, he was appointed a Distinguished Research Professor of Physics in the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey.

He has conducted geophysical research in the Antarctic and the Arctic since the 1970s, directed largely toward understanding of Earth’s upper atmosphere and space environments. He is founding editor for Space Weather, The International Journal of Research and Applications, published by the American Geophysical Union.

He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several United States NASA interplanetary and planetary missions including Voyager, Ulysses, Galileo, and Cassini. Currently, he is principal investigator on the NASA Radiation Belts Storm Probes mission scheduled for a January 2012 launch.

Lanzerotti has also served as a member or chair of numerous committees of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies. He served on the Vice President’s Space Policy Advisory Board from 1990-1992.  He is the recipient of two NASA Distinguished Public Service Medals, the NASA Distinguished Scientific Achievement Medal, the COSPAR William Nordberg Medal, and the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States. In the 1980s, Lanzerotti was elected to three consecutive 3-year terms on his local school board in Harding Township, New Jersey.  He was first elected in 1994 to the Township’s governing body (Township Committee), and is serving as the Township’s Mayor in 2007.

Excerpted from the National Science Board website [ ] , used with permission.