Chemistry Alumnus Reggie Hudson was elected the Chair of the Astrochemistry Subdivision of the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society in the world with more than 157,000 members globally. Hudson obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1978 studying with Ffrancon Williams, now Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.
After leaving UT, Hudson took a job teaching at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, staying there for 30 years and simultaneously collaborating with NASA researchers. In 2009, Hudson became a full-time employee at NASA to lead a small research group studying chemistry at low temperatures.
Hudson is now the Associate Chief for the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center just outside of Washington, DC. “About half of my work is administrative in nature and the other half is scientific research related to NASA missions.” Hudson said.
Besides his NASA job, Hudson also teaches at the Department of Astronomy in University of Maryland and is an Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Eckerd College.