• Dr. Gabriela González

      Professor of Physics and Astronomy

      Louisiana State University

      Gabriela González is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University (LSU). She is also a leader in gravitational wave research, including serving as spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) from 2011 to 2017. LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) includes more than 1,000 scientists from 20 nations, and her groundbreaking research focuses on LIGO instrument development and data calibration and diagnostics, which are all critical to increasing the astrophysical reach of data analysis methods. As LSC spokesperson, in 2016 Dr. González was one of the scientists on the podium making the worldwide announcement that gravitational waves, or ripples in space and time, had been discovered at the LIGO observatories. Dr. González has since been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and to the Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was named one of the world’s top 10 scientists of 2016 by Nature and Scientist of the Year by Great Minds in STEM. She has mentored doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows as well as spearheading a local school outreach initiative that has received more than $1 million for K-12 students in the Baton Rouge area