I am a senior postdoctoral scholar in the Caltech Astronomy department. From September 2008 to June 2010 my primary responsibility was to develop the MOSFIRE spectrograph. From July 2010 to today I am the principle investigator of the SED Machine. I work closely with Robert Quimby, Shri Kulkarni, and Richard Ellis I serve two roles as an astronomer.
Second, I'm an observer, I work on the DEEP2 and AEGIS surveys. Using data from these surveys, I studied the evolution of the ionized interstellar medium of early type galaxies from z ~ 0.1 to 2.5. In the future, I plan to be more involved in the science and instrumentation for transient surveys.
My research interests include:
- Panchromatic SEDs of the AEGIS field. I wrote a tool to interactively explore their SEDs.
- Producing systematically similar visual morphologies in SDSS and AEGIS galaxies.
- I am a former member of the Automated Planet Finder team at Lick Observatory.
- Small and highly targeted (cheap) instrumentation. I maintain a list of interesting instruments that warrant further study.
- Improving my efficiency through organization.
My academic genealogy is NP Konidaris (2009) → DC Koo (1981) → IR King (1952) → H Shapley (1913) → HN Russell (1900) → CA Young (no Ph.D.)
My past work experience:
- Grad student at UCO/Lick.
- I was an engineer for about one and half years at the Jet Propulsion Labs Optical Communication Group.
- In 1999 David Rust at the JHU/Applied Physics Lab, PI of the Flare Genesis project, shipped me to the Antarctic.
- I was a summer student at the Brookhaven National Lab for the ARM Data Center.