Judit Gyorgyey Ries is a Research Associate at The University of Texas Department of Astronomy in Austin. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Eotvos University in Hungary. She has an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and received a PH.D. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. She worked with the McDonald Observatory Lunar Laser Ranging Operations. Later she joined the NEO Astrometry project of small Solar System Objects. Her research interest is physical characterization of Earth Approaching Asteroids, with emphasis on Near Earth Asteroid rotation rates. She also participates in the international Photometric Survey for Asynchronous Binary Asteroids, by looking for transits in asteroid light curves. She is actively involved in Astronomy and Space Science education, working through the Texas Space Grant Consortium. She has taught many solar system workshops and has been the PI on numerous education and outreach projects such as, "Astronomy and the Solar System", and "Door to the Universe", and "Opening the Door to the Universe". These programs provide professional development for educators in underprivileged areas of Texas. Through an HST IDEAS grant, "Space Vision", she has been collaborating with the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired to bring Astronomy and Space Exploration to visually impaired students.