Caroline S. Wagner

Caroline S. Wagner conducts research in the field of science and technology and its relationship to policy, society, and innovation, with a particular focus on international collaboration.

Professor Wagner received a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Dynamics from Amsterdam School of Communications Research, University of Amsterdam, a Master of Arts degree in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from George Washington University, and a B.A. is from Trinity College.

Knowledge creation, dissemination, and application are at the core of Dr. Wagner’s research. She is particularly interested in collaborative efforts to conduct research, development, and innovation. Public policy towards investments in science, technology, and new economy are at the center of her work, and this extends to developing countries that seek to use knowledge as the basis for growth. Her 2008 book, “The New Invisible College: Science for Development,” focused on using network concepts to diffuse knowledge and application of new ideas. 

Dr. Wagner engages with students at all levels, from a Freshman Seminar on the history of space, to doctoral students in public policy analysis. Her favorite class is Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Sectors, where she teaches and guides the future leaders of our Nation where she brings her own experience working with the White House and the US Congress into the classroom. She welcomes students dropping by her office at any time. 

Dr. Wagner serves as a consultant to the United Nations for the Sustainable Development Goals, and has served as a consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. For the Royal Society of London, Dr. Wagner advised and co-wrote the report on “Knowledge, Networks, and Nations.” She served on the Millennium Development Goals Task Force on Science, Technology, and Innovation. She is the editor of the journal, Science and Public Policy. In Ohio, she is actively working with Smart Cities and “Maker Movement” to disseminate ideas for economic growth.

Dean Pesnell

W. Dean Pesnell is the Project Scientist of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory.

He has published over 100 papers in a variety of research areas, including variable stars, sungrazing comets, the Sun-Earth connection, quantum mechanics, and meteors in planetary atmospheres. He received his Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Florida.

After a post-doc at the University of Colorado and a visiting professorship at New Mexico State University, Dr. Pesnell moved to NASA Goddard as a contractor in 1990. He formed Nomad Research, Inc. in 1995 to do independent scientific research. One research contract was to help design the Living With a Star missions that would study the response of the Earth to solar activity. He started working on SDO in 2004 and became the Project Scientist in 2005.

He has lectured extensively on solar activity, including the unusual minimum in solar activity from 2008-2009, and predicting solar activity.