SwRI’s Livi Recognized by Explorers Club


image: SwRI Institute scientist Dr Stefano Livi was recently named one of 50 people in the Explorers Club who are changing the world. For the past 30 years, Livi has been involved in space research, from the conceptual design of instruments to the final scientific analysis of collected data.
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SAN ANTONIO – March 23, 2022 – The Explorers Club – an international professional organization dedicated to advancing scientific exploration and field studies – has selected Dr. Stefano Livi of the Southwest Research Institute to become a member of its Explorers class Club 50 of 2022. The organization launched “The Explorers Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World that You Need Know About” initiative in 2021 to spotlight “…the pioneering explorers, scientists, artists and activists of the whole world”.

“To be selected to be part of the Explorers Club Class 50 of 2022 is a great honour,” said Livi, Institute Scientist, SwRI’s highest technical level. “Neil Armstrong (first man on the Moon), Roald Amundsen (first man on the South Pole), Edmund P. Hillary (first man on Everest) are just a few examples of the kind of people who belong to the club. Just having my name next to theirs gives me goosebumps.

Livi has 30 years of experience in space missions, from the conceptual design of the instruments to the final scientific analysis of the data collected. Its expertise includes plasma analyzers, ultraviolet coronagraphs, mass spectrometers and energetic particle sensors. He has been a co-investigator on several US, European, Russian and Japanese missions, such as Phobos, Polar, Cassini, SOHO, Rosetta and Geotail, and has received numerous NASA Group Achievement Awards.

Currently, Livi is the principal investigator of the Strofio sensor aboard the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo spacecraft. Designed and built at SwRI, Strofio will study Mercury’s tenuous exosphere to better understand the planet’s surface and the history of the smallest rocky planet orbiting the Sun. He is also the PI of the Heavy Ion Spectrometer (HIS), one of the instruments aboard Solar Orbiter. As part of the Solar Wind Analyzers suite, HIS is dedicated to studying the solar wind, a constant stream of particles from the Sun.

“These missions and measurements will lead to major advances in the study of space weather, the prediction of major solar events, and the characterization of solar system evolution,” Livi said. “The wonder of my work is that my ‘playground’, the universe, is an endless resource of mysteries to be investigated and unraveled.”

The Explorers Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of field exploration and scientific research. Since its creation in 1904, its members have traveled the Earth, the seas, the skies and space on “expeditions of exploration”.

The Explorers Club announced the new EC50 class of Explorers the week of March 14, 2022. Livi was selected from over 300 diverse applicants among Explorers around the world. The EC50 recognition was established not only to reflect the great diversity of exploration, but also to give voice to pioneering explorers, scientists, artists and activists who are doing incredible work.

For more information, visit https://www.swri.org/industries/space-research-technology.

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