Dr. Laurent Pueyo of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Young Scientist award. Pueyo joined STScI in 2013 as an associate astronomer after spending three years as a Sagan Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. His duties at STScI include working on improving the extrasolar-planet imaging capabilities of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in late 2018.
Pueyo earned his doctorate from Princeton University in 2008 and conducted his post-doctoral work at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Dr. Pueyo, his wife Natalie, and their five-month-old daughter Aveline live in Federal Hill.