Amanda Sickafoose (formerly Gulbis) received her PhD in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002. Her thesis work involved experimental dusty plasmas and their applications near planetary surfaces. She has since evolved into observational studies of the outer Solar System and high-speed, visible-wavelength, imaging instruments. She became head of the SAAO Instrumentation Division in 2014 and is excited to be working with a variety of telescopes and equipment. As head, she oversees the multitude of instrumentation support and development projects being carried out within the Division, manages the staff as best she can, and squeezes in some research when possible.
Don’t ask her about Pluto getting demoted to dwarf planet status, unless you have a long time to listen!
Her personal web page can be found here.