About HAO

HAO Director Dr. Scott McIntosh

Scott achieved a first-class honors degree in Mathematics and Physics (1991-1995) and Ph.D. in Astrophysics (1995-1998) at the University of Glasgow. He was an HAO post-doctoral fellow in NCAR’s Advanced Study Program from 1999 to 2001.

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HAO's Director, Dr. Scott McIntosh.

In 2001 Scott left NCAR to work with the European Space Agency as an external fellow at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). After a brief spell working for the Universities Space Research Association in the "Living With A Star" program at GSFC, Scott returned to Boulder to work at the Southwest Research Institute. In 2007 Scott returned to HAO as a project scientist, becoming a ladder-track scientist in August 2009. His last appointment was as a Scientist III and Section Head of HAO's Space Weather and Solar Transients research group. Scott’s primary field of research lies in the understanding of how magnetism, mass, and energy are transported from the Sun's convective interior to shape and fill the solar system in which we live.

Scott and his wife Jennifer, an avid runner and author of fiction, live in Longmont with their four children (ages 2, 6, 8 and 11). Scott is an avid soccer player, coach, and fan. To wit, he and his kids have set up their basement as a mini training facility so they can practice year-round. Scott has been known to coach more than one soccer team each season and loves seeing the kids in his charge developing their sense of teamwork in addition to their individual skill. Recently, some of the kids that he's coached, including his son Dylan, were invited to participate in the State of Colorado's Olympic Development Program.