RECON Project Leads

Meet Dr. Marc Buie:

Marc Buie at Burney Falls in California

Dr. Marc Buie is a planetary scientist and observational astronomer at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado. Formerly at Lowell Observatory, Marc has dedicated his career to studying Pluto, the Kuiper Belt, and other Trans-Neptunian Objects.



Meet Dr. John Keller:

John Keller leading teacher workshop in Alaska

Dr. John Keller is a planetary scientist and astronomy educator in the Physics Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. A former high school and middle school teacher, John is also Co-Director of the Cal Poly Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESAME), which focuses on teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention, and runs STAR – the STEM Teacher and Researcher Program.

Meet our Cal Poly Student Assistants

Ilianna Salas is Journalism student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduating in the Spring of 2018. She will pursue a Master of Public Policy after graduating.



Jeralyn Gibbs is a 3rd year Physics major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  She is also pursing minors in Astronomy and Multidisciplinary Design.  After graduation, she hopes to work at SpaceX, a commercial aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, where she was a Mission Assurance intern