Jacqueline Hewitt PhD '86
Professor Hewitt’s research interests are focused upon applying the techniques of radio astronomy, interferometry, and image processing to basic research in astrophysics and cosmology. Current topics of interest are observational signatures of the epoch of reionization and the detection of transient astronomical radio sources.
Professor Hewitt is also interested in the development of new instrumentation and techniques for radio astronomy. She is currently involved in pathfinder experiments for low frequency radio telescopes with large aperture, optimized for certain cosmological studies.
In particular, she is part of a collaboration of U.S., Australian, Indian, and New Zealand universities and research institutions that is building the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) in radio-quiet Western Australia.
Appointed Director of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in January 2002, Professor Hewitt began her career at MIT in 1986 as a postdoctoral associate in the Very Long Baseline Interferometry group at the MIT Haystack Observatory. After a one-year sojourn as a research staff member in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, she returned to MIT in 1989 as an Assistant Professor of physics. Professor Hewitt stepped down as director of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in January 2019.
Awards & Honors
- 2020 // Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society
- 2017 // Julius A. Stratton Professor in Electrical Engineering and Physics
- 2004 // Fellow of the American Physical Society
- 2002-18 // Appointed the Director of the MIT Kavli Center for Space Research