Dr. Kenneth Carpenter

Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground Systems Scientist for the Roman Space Telescope (RST) at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He previously led, as Principal Investigator (PI), the Stellar Imager (SI) Vision Mission Study and the Fizeau Interferometer Testbed (FIT) technology development effort.  He was also the GSFC Science lead for the JPL-GSFC-JSC-STScI Optical Testbed and Integration on ISS eXperiment (OpTIIX) Team. He was recently named a NIAC Fellow and awarded funding to develop a concept for a lunar-surface variant of SI in conjunction with the Artemis Program, called the Artemis-enabled Stellar Imager (AeSI).  

His scientific interests include studies of the chromospheres, transition regions, winds, and circumstellar shells of cool stars, as well as the calculation of model atmospheres and synthetic spectra and investigations of line fluorescence processes, chemically peculiar stars, and the masses of Cepheid variables; hardware interests include development and operations of UV spectroscopic instruments and large baseline space interferometers. He is currently a member of the “Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory” at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. 

Carpenter enjoys photography and is an enthusiastic fan of all things Star Trek and Disney. Carpenter credits both Star Trek and the 1964-’65 New York World’s Fair, which he attended as a child, with fueling his desire to work for NASA.