Dr Helen Walker
Data Scientist, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Dr Helen Walker joined the National Space Academy in February 2012. She is an astronomer, working in the Satellite Operations Group at STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. She has around thirty years experience of working with astronomical satellites, both as researcher and planning specialist.
For five years she helped ESA plan science observations on the Mars Express satellite and now works with the four Cluster satellites. She is Test Team Leader for the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) which will fly on the James Webb Space Telescope.
Her research interests focus on planets, and the material around stars which might form planets.