Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Michael Koss is a research astrophysicist studying growing supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies and their interaction with their host galaxies. He has used ground and space-based observatories from the X-rays to the radio for his research. He is currently the PI of the BAT AGN Spectroscopic Survey (BASS, www.bass-survey.com), an effort to study all of the nearest growing black holes in high resolution across many wavelengths. He has worked as a research scientist in the Seattle area since 2016. Prior to this he was an Ambition fellow in Zurich, Switzerland and a postdoctoral fellow in Honolulu, Hawaii. He obtained his PhD in 2011 from University of Maryland working as part of the NASA Swift Satellite team at Goddard. Prior to astrophysics, he worked in robotics and aerospace at DARPA headquarters and was responsible for the DARPA Grand Challenge robot route development, as well as at 3M, and as a high science school teacher. He currently resides in the Seattle area.