Dr. Chien-Ting Chen

Dr. Chien-Ting Chen

Email:  ctchin at usra.edu

I'm an astrophysicist who studies supermassive black holes and their connection to galaxy evolution in the X-ray group of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Before coming to MSFC, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University. I got my Ph.D. in Physics and Astronomy from Dartmouth College after completing my undergraduate degree in National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

As an observer, I study distant galaxies and black holes using data from space telescopes such as Chandra, Herschel, NuSTAR, Spitzer, WISE, and XMM-Newton. I also use data from ground-based observations in the optical, near-IR, and radio wavelengths. At MSFC, I primarily work on the scientific analysis program of the ART-XC telescope onboard the Spectrum Roentgen Gamma mission that was recently launched on July 13th, 2019.

In the News

December 22, 2021
USRA Scientists and Engineers Contribute to NASA's Xray Polarimetry Explorer

NASA’s Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) launched successfully on December 9, 2021 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was a “picture perfect” launch, according to Principal Investigator Dr. Martin Weisskopf of the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket performing nominally and nature providing ideal weather conditions.

USRA Scientists and Engineers Contribute to NASA's Xray Polarimetry Explorer
August 17, 2021
Bringing Earth Data to Life

Ms. Tondapu's work featured in an article on the NASA Applied Sciences website.

Bringing Earth Data to Life
April 13, 2021
Pollution Studies during COVID-19 Lockdown

View the WIRED article discussing Dr. Gupta's year-long study for pollution in India during the COVID-19 lock down.

Pollution Studies during COVID-19 Lockdown
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