Naseem Rangwala

Naseem Rangwala
 

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Dr. Naseem Rangwala is an astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division. She is also an associate project scientist for NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory. She earned her PhD in physics and astronomy from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dr. Rangwala’s research focuses on observational astrochemistry and characterizing the molecular interstellar medium of Galaxies using submillimeter and infrared observations. She led the Herschel archival survey to uniformly characterize the observed CO spectral line energy distribution and measure the physical conditions of molecular gas in all the nearby galaxies that were observed with the FTS instrument onboard Herschel. She is the PI of ALMA proposals to characterize the molecular gas in the nuclear regions of luminous infrared galaxies, Arp 220 and NGC 6240. She is also the principal investigator of the largest Cycle-5 program on the SOFIA airborne observatory to conduct a mid-infrared molecular line survey of the Orion Hot Core. She recently became the associate to the NASA SOFIA project scientist to assist with the strategic planning for the 2019 senior review and SOFIA’s extended mission, along with community outreach. Dr. Rangwala is currently a member of the Far-infrared science interest group leadership council, which works with NASA Cosmic Origins Analysis Group to collect community input and address long-term objectives of the far-infrared astronomy community.

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