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- Staff Associate
Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 (Mid-scale RI-1)
Strengthening American Infrastructure (SAI)
Dr. Phelps is a Staff Associate in the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). His major responsibilities include co-coordination of the Foundation-wide Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program and the Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 (RI-1) programs. He was previously the Program Director for Galactic Astronomy and for Education and Special Programs in the Division of Astronomical Sciences at NSF while on leave from the California State University, Sacramento where he served as a Full Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He also held an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Phelps has also held a National Research Council Associateship at Phillips Laboratory, a postdoctoral position at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, and a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Oberlin College. Dr. Phelps has authored or co-authored over 60 papers, including more than 50 in refereed journals. Additionally, his commitment to education was recognized by an appointment to the Astronomy Education Board of the American Astronomical Society.