Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Dr. Patricia "Padi" Boyd is the Chief of the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, and also serves as Director of the Guest Investigator Program for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS (launching in 2018) and as Hubble Space Telescope Deputy Project Scientist for Operations. She came to Goddard in 1993 as a visiting scientist on the instrument team for the High Speed Photometer aboard Hubble, studying the optical and UV polarization seen in X-ray binaries, pulsars and active galaxies. In 1995, Padi joined the Monitoring X-ray Experiment team, an all-sky monitor in development and testing as part of the Russian-led Spectrum X-Gamma mission. In 1997, she joined the Rossi X-ray Timing Experiment Guest Observer Facility, and managed that facility from 2003-2008, as well as the Swift Science Center. Padi has also served a two-year detail at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC as Program Scientist for the Kepler mission.
Born in Metuchen, NJ, Padi's early interests were more focused on the arts, and she was active in dance, gymnastics, and theater before discovering her passion for astrophysics in her senior year of high school. She earned her BS in astronomy and physics from Villanova University and her MS and Ph.D. in physics and atmospheric science from Drexel University.
Padi lives in Greenbelt with her husband and two sons, who all actively participate in music. She sings with popular a cappella group The Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project.