Hardware Factors

Ravi Kopparapu


Ravi Kopparapu, (Ph.D. '06 LSU, M.S. '03 LSU, M.Sc. '03, University of Pune) has established a distinguished career in the field of planetary science, with his research specifically geared towards uncovering the potential habitability of Earth-like planets around distant stars. Utilizing the state-of-the-art atmospheric models in tandem with data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, he has been pivotal in identifying prospective habitable worlds. ​

Earlier in his career, Ravi worked with the renowned LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) collaboration, developing cutting-edge techniques to process the immense data collected by the observatory. His subsequent journey in academia saw him taking up pivotal roles at institutions of repute, including a tenure as a Research Associate at Pennsylvania State University. ​​

Currently a Planetary Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ravi's contributions span various domains of astrophysics. His earlier stints as a postdoctoral scholar at NASA Astrobiology Institute's Virtual Planetary Laboratory and the Center for Gravitational-wave Astronomy enriched his profile further, allowing him to explore gas abundances in exoplanetary atmospheres and develop novel techniques for gravitational-wave data analysis. ​