Jacqueline Hewitt is Professor of Physics at MIT and Director of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. She received her Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1986. After postdoctoral appointments at Haystack Observatory and Princeton University, she returned to MIT in 1989 to join the faculty.
Professor Hewitt’s research interests are in the application of techniques of radio astronomy and signal processing to problems in astrophysics. Current topics are low-frequency radio studies of the Epoch of Reionization and the Dark Ages, and surveys of transient astronomical radio emission. She is a founding collaborator in the Murchison Widefield Array project, a low-frequency radio telescope in Western Australia designed to study the Epoch of Reionization. Professor Hewitt is lead investigator for HERA, the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array telescope project (see MIT News)