The ngVLA Science Advisory Council (SAC)

SAC Overview


The ngVLA Science Advisory Council (SAC) is the interface between the scientific community and NRAO, providing feedback and guidance directly to the Next Generation VLA (ngVLA) Project Office on issues that affect the scientific design for a US-led, next-generation centimeter-to-millimeter wave interferometer, most likely to be centered around the VLA site on the Plains of San Agustin in New Mexico. In addition to the SAC, the ngVLA Technical Advisory Council (TAC) will work in parallel advising NRAO on technical design issues. The ngVLA SAC and TAC are the cornerstones of a program to fully engage the astronomical, computing, and radio engineering communities to develop the ngVLA project for submission to the Astro2020 Decadal Survey.

SAC Membership


NRAO is pleased to announce the membership of the ngVLA SAC. Membership was determined through open nominations and a selection process involving NRAO staff and the community. The current ngVLA SAC membership includes the following:

Current ngVLA Science Advisory Council
Alberto Bolatto* University of Maryland Co-Chair of SAC
Geoff Bower Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics  
Shami Chatterjee Cornell University  
Laura Chomiuk Michigan State University  
Danny Dale* University of Wyoming Chair SWG 2 (Galaxy Ecosystems)
Imke de Pater University of California, Berkeley  
Mark Dickinson NOIRLab  
James Di Francesco*           NRC-Victoria Executive Committee Secretary
Gregg Hallinan Caltech  
Daisuke Iono NAOJ  
Andrea Isella* Rice University Co-Chair of SAC
Kotaro Kohno University of Tokyo  
Shri Kulkarni* Caltech  
Joseph Lazio* JPL Chair SWG 4 (Time Domain/Cosmology/Physics)
Adam Leroy The Ohio State University  
Laurent Loinard UNAM  
Thomas Maccarone Texas Tech University  
Brenda Matthews* NRC-Victoria Chair SWG 1 (Cradle of Life)
Rachel Osten STScI  
Mark Reid Harvard-Smithsonian CfA  
Dominik Riechers* Cornell University Chair SWG 3 (Galaxy Assembly)
Erik Rosolowsky University of Alberta  
Nami Sakai RIKEN  
Fabian Walter Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie        
David Wilner Harvard-Smithsonian CfA  
Ex-Officio Members
Eric Murphy* NRAO ngVLA Project Scientist


*Executive Committee Member

SAC Past Members

Past Members

Kelsey Johnson (University of Virginia)

Cornelia Lang (University of Iowa)

Caitlin Casey (University of Texas)