Template:Infobox person Dr. Enectalí Figueroa-Feliciano a.k.a. "Tali", Ph.D., (born 1971) is an astrophysicist and researcher with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center who pioneered the development position-sensitive detectors. He is an expert and researcher on dark matter.[1][2][3][4] Figueroa-Feliciano develops and carries out experimental measurements of cosmological and astrophysical phenomena. [5]

Early yearsEdit

Figueroa-Feliciano was born in 1971 in the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, which is located on the western coast of the island. After he graduated in 1989 from high school C.R.O.E.M. (Centro Residencial de Oportunidades Educativas en Mayaguez), he attended the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus and, in 1995, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.[4]


Figueroa-Feliciano continued his academic studies at Stanford University, earning a master's degree (1997) and doctorate (2001) in physics. While studying at Stanford, Figueroa-Feliciano did his dissertation research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, as part of the Science Cooperative Education program. Upon his graduation from Stanford, Figueroa-Feliciano became an astrophysicist for the Goddard Space Flight Center, where he served as the microcalorimeter leader for the Generation-X Vision Mission; and as a member of the following teams: Constellation-X facility science team, Suzaku Observatory science working group, and the X-ray Quantum Calorimeter (XQC) sounding rocket team.[4]

Figueroa-Feliciano pioneered the development of position-sensitive detectors that will provide an order of magnitude more pixels (and thus larger field of view) than traditional single-pixel X-ray microcalorimeters.[6] He has received several NASA awards for the development and demonstration of position-sensitive x-ray microcalorimeters.[6]

He served as President of the Sixth Executive Council of the NASA Academy Alumni Association from August 1, 2003 to December 31, 2004.[7] On September 2003, Figueroa-Feliciano was interviewed for the position of Astronaut candidate.


Figueroa-Feliciano is an Associate Professor of Physics at Northwestern University. His work on dark matter research were featured in the 2008 NOVA scienceNOW program "Dark Matter" on PBS.[1] In 2010, he received National Science Foundation Career Award.

Selected publications by Figueroa-FelicianoEdit

Figueroa-Feliciano has contributed to the following publications as author or co-author:

  • Position-sensitive low-temperature detectors; E. Figueroa-Feliciano. Invited review in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research pp. 496–501, 2004.
  • Cryogenic Microcalorimeters, M. Galeazzi and E. Figueroa-Feliciano. Contributed chapter in .X-ray Spectrometry: Recent Technological Advances; John Wiley & Sons, 2004.
  • Position-sensitive transition edge sensor modeling and results; C. Hammock, E. Figueroa-Feliciano, E. Apodaca, S. Bandler, K. Boyce, J. Chervenak, F. Finkbeiner, R. Kelley, M. Lindeman, S. Porter, T. Saab, and C. Stahle. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research; pp. 505–507, 2004.

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