Sylvain Guiriec is an Assistant Professor of physics at the George Washington University and since 2008 an astrophysicist at NASA. His research focuses on transient astrophysical sources and high-energy phenomena. He is a specialist in Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) and received several recognitions for his research, the Young Scientist Prize in Astrophysics in 2015 from the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and the prestigious Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal from NASA in 2017 for "Outstanding contribution to the Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) research field in proposing a new GRB prompt emission model, which solves a long lasting astrophysical problem, and in devising a relation that establishes GRBs as a new type of cosmological standard candles." Sylvain Guiriec is the Deputy Principal Investigator of the Gamow Explorer mission concept, the GW PI of the Space Act Agreement that he established between NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and GW, the Project Manager of the NASA Master Agreement that he established between the NASA Kennedy Space Center and GW, and the Director and Founder of the Physics Department Innovation Lab. Sylvain Guiriec had been a member of the Executive Committee of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos Program (PhysPAG), and the Chair of the NASA PhysPAG/Gamma-ray Science Interest Group (GammaSIG), from 2016 to 2021. For is innovative and creative approach in teaching, Sylvain Guiriec received the Robert W. Kenny Prize from the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences at The George Washington University. Sylvain Guiriec received his PhD in astrophysics in 2007 from the Montpellier 2 University, France. He obtained a Master’s degree in astrophysics, planetary sciences, and aerospace science from Paul Sabatier University and the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE/SUPAERO), France. He also has a Master’s degree in material sciences as well as an engineering degree in atomic and molecular modeling and simulation, and an engineering degree in aerospace mechanics from the Institut Supérieur des Matériaux du Mans, France.
Here are some of the achievement in 2021:
1) Deputy PI of the Gamow Explorer lead by Dr. Nick White. Gamow Explorer is a $300M mission concept, which was
proposed for the NASA Midex proposal call in Fall 2021. This mission will study the early universe and the evolution of its
chemical composition in detecting the brightest and most distant explosions: Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs). GRBs are the footprints of stellar-mass black hole formation in distant galaxies.
2) GW PI of the Space Act Agreement hat he established between the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and GW.
3) Project Manager of the NASA Master Agreement that he established between the NASA Kennedy Space Center and GW
4) Collaboration with the French presidency
5) Partnership established between GW and the Embassy of France in Washington. The first step was the award of the
6) $684,522 in grants during the period covers by this annual report.
7) Director of the Physics Department Innovation Lab (I started to lead this effort in the Fall 2018, and it is now operational - http://innovation-lab.sylvain-guiriec.com):
* Inauguration of the Innovation Lab in Fall 2019 with President Thomas LeBlanc and his spouse Miss Anne LeBanc.
* Inauguration of the Innovation Lab Club in Fall 2019.
8) First private partner with the Innovation Lab: Adobe
9) Recipient of the Robert W. Kenny Prize for Innovation in Teaching of Introductory Courses
10) PI of the GW Robotic Astronomical Observatory concept.