BA Dartmouth College, 1974
PhD The Ohio State University, 1979
Extragalactic Astronomy, Astronomical Instrumentation, Science Policy
Craig Foltz is an Adjunct Lab Instructor in the Physics Department, having joined the staff in 2015 following retirement from a four-decade long career as a research astrophysicist and program manager at several university and federal research centers. Most recently, he spent twelve years as a Program Director in the Division of Astronomical Sciences of the National Science Foundation where he also served as Division Director for several years. In his role at NSF, Dr. Foltz oversaw the management and funding for a number of large, multi-user national astronomical observatories as well as several very large (>$300M), new-generation telescopes. The latter include the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope both of which are currently under construction with full science operations to begin later this decade. Dr. Foltz authored or co-authored several hundred scientific and technical publications. His areas of expertise include: quasars and active galaxies, the intergalactic medium, degenerate stars, astronomical instrumentation, and science policy.