Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) Steering Committee Openings

There are up to three positions open on the Steering Committee of the Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) starting in August 2018.

The SBAG Steering Committee organizes SBAG meetings, writes the official SBAG findings, and takes a leadership role in other activities where community input on topics of interest is needed. In selecting members, the Steering Committee’s goal is to have a committee that is as diverse as the community, in terms of topical interest, gender, experience, type of employer, and other parameters. In particular, the Steering Committee will always have members who will serve as the leads for Human Exploration, Planetary Defense, and Technology, respectively, as well as an Early Career Secretary who will be selected from individuals with less than three years’ experience after a terminal degree (PhD, Master’s or Bachelor’s). Terms are three years except for the Early Career Secretary, whose term is two years. Any member of the small bodies exploration community is eligible to apply for a position on the Steering Committee. A two-page CV, which should include a description of participation in SBAG or other small bodies community organizations, is requested to apply. In addition, please include a short (one-page or equivalent) statement of why you are interested. Previous participation in SBAG is preferred, but not required.

We are looking for members with expertise in the following areas:

SBAG Technology Lead – Lead SBAG activities relating to the development of technology applicable to small bodies study and exploration. We desire an individual who is actively involved in developing technologies for small body exploration and is aware of the current challenges and progress in this field.

Comets – Represent the interests of researchers studying comets. We desire an individual who is part of the community that studies comets, will be aware of issues involving comets, and can provide input on issues that are important to that part of the community.

Trans-Neptunian Objects – Represent the interests of researchers studying Trans-Neptunian Objects. We desire an individual who is part of the community that studies TNOs, will be aware of issues involving TNOs, and can provide input on issues that are important to that part of the community.

To indicate your willingness to serve in any of these positions, please email Tim Swindle ([email protected]) by June 8, 2018, and include a two-page CV and your statement of interest.

The current Steering Committee will select new members at the 19th Meeting of SBAG, June 13-14, 2018.