Where Are They Now?

A far-from-complete list of former UC Berkeley Astronomy Department undergraduates and their current and past occupations since graduating. Students are arranged by year of graduation, with additional demarcation if their next position occurred in a different year than their graduation.

2017

  • Melanie Archipley - PhD Student, University of Illinois Department of Astronomy, Urbana-Champaign, IL (st. Fa 2018)
  • Megan Nicole Barnett - PhD Student, University of Chicago Department of Geophysical Sciences, Chicago, IL (st. Fa 2018)
  • Haynes Stephens - PhD Student, University of Chicago Department of Geophysical Sciences, Chicago, IL (st. Fa 2018)
  • Imad Pasha - PhD Student, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Yale University Department of Astronomy, New Haven, CT (st. Fa 2018)
  • Jordan Sligh - PhD student, University of Oklahoma Department of Physics and Astronomy, Norman, OK (st. Fa 2018)
  • Elizabeth Ellithorpe - PhD Student, University of Oklahoma Department of Physics and Astronomy, Norman, OK (st. Fa 2018)
  • Brandon Atchley - Traffic Engineer at Thompson Engineers
  • Diana Kossakowski - PhD Student, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Goni Halevi - PhD Student, Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton, NJ
  • Malena Rice - PhD Student, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Yale University Department of Astronomy, New Haven, CT
  • Chris Agostino - PhD Student, Indiana University Department of Astronomy, Bloomington, IN
  • Harrison Agrusa - PhD Student, University of Maryland Department of Astronomy, College Park, MD
  • Ramsey Karim - PhD Student, University of Maryland Department of Astronomy, College Park, MD
  • Sofia Sheikh - PhD Student, Pennsylvania State University Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, State College, PA
  • Leo Steinmetz - Leo's Rice and Beans; Junior Research Specialist, UC Berkeley Astronomy Department

2016

  • Mackenzie Moody - PhD Student, Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton, NJ
  • Will Schultz - PhD Student, UC Santa Barbara Department of Physics, Goleta, CA
  • Austin McDowell - PhD Student, New York University Department of Physics, New York, NY
  • Joe Zalesky - PhD Student, Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration, Tempe, AZ
  • Justin Hom - PhD Student, Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration, Tempe, AZ
  • Kevin Hayakawa - PhD Student, UC Los Angeles Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nathanan Tantivasadakarn - PhD Student, Harvard University Department of Physics, Cambridge, MA; MSc from Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Doris Lee - PhD Student, University of Illinois Department of Computer Science, Urbana-Champaign, IL

 destinations of 2016 graduates

2015

  • Ana Aceves-Cabrera - Masters in Science Journalism from Boston University, Digital Production Assistant, NOVA
  • Brianna Grado-White - PhD Student, UC Santa Barbara Department of Physics, Goleta, CA
  • Alwin Mao - PhD Student, Princeton University Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton, NJ
  • Manuel Silva - PhD Student, University of Wisconsin Department of Physics, Madison, WI

2014

  • Daniel Cohen - PhD Student, UC Los Angeles Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pauline Arriaga - PhD Student, UC Los Angeles Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Los Angeles, CA
  • Baylee Bordwell - PhD Student, University of Colorado Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, Bolder, CO
  • Rachel Domagalski - PhD Student, University of Toronto Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Rea Kolbl - PhD Student, Stanford University Department of Physics, Palo Alto, CA
  • Skylar Kerzner - PhD Student, UC San Diego Department of Cognitive Sciences, La Jolla, CA
  • Gary Li - PhD Student, UC Los Angeles Department of Aerospace Engineering, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kevin Yu - PhD Student, UC Berkeley Hellen Wills Neuroscience Institute; Former Software Engineer, FiveStars Loyalty Inc.
  • Caleb Levy - PhD Student, Princeton University Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton, NJ
  • Joseph DeRose - PhD Student, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Gilbert Hsyu - Current Unknown; former masters Student, McGill University, Montreal, CAN

2013

  • Peter Blanchard - PhD Student, Harvard Department of Astronomy, Cambridge, MA
  • Patrick Fitzpatrick - PhD Student, Harvard Department of Astronomy / MIT Department of Physics, Cambridge, MA
  • Andrew Vanderburg - PhD Student, Harvard Department of Astronomy, Cambridge, MA
  • Lia Medeiros - PhD Student, University of California, Santa Barbara; former Masters student, University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ

2012

  • Pierre Christian - PhD Student, Harvard Department of Astronomy, Cambridge, MA
  • Michael Kandrashoff - Product Manager, Cloudmark, Inc.
  • Io Kleiser - PhD Student, California Institute of Technology Department of Astronomy, Pasadena, CA

2011

  • Jieun Choi - PhD Student, Harvard Department of Astronomy, Cambridge, MA
  • Marin Anderson - PhD Student, California Institute of Technology Department of Astronomy, Pasadena, CA

2010

  • Anna Rosen - Einstein + ITC Fellow, Harvard Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA; Astronomy PhD, UC Santa Cruz, 2017
  • Zaki Ali - PhD Student, UC Berkeley Department of Astronomy, Berkeley, CA
  • Erik Petigura - Hubble Fellow, California Institute of Technology Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Pasadena, CA; Astrophysics PhD, UC Berkeley, 2015
  • Joel Leja - Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA; Astronomy PhD, Yale, 2016

2009

  • Robin Mostardi Rehagen - Faculty Member, Las Positas College Physics and Astronomy, Livermore, CA; Astronomy PhD, UCLA, 2015
  • Katherine Deck - Postdoctoral Fellow, Joint Center for Planetary Astronomy, Caltech; Physics PhD, MIT, 2014

2008

  • Robert da Silva - Senior Data Scientist, Fitbit; Astronomy PhD, UC Santa Cruz, 2013
  • Andrew Siemion - Director, Berkeley SETI Research Institute; Joint Postdoc, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and Radboud University; Astrophysics PhD, UC Berkeley, 2012

2007

  • Matthew Rocklin - Continuum Analytics; Former Postdoctoral Researcher, Sandia National Lab; Computer Science PhD, University of Chicago, 2013
  • Jeff Yen - Research Scientist, Stanford University; Physics PhD, Stanford,
  • Morgan Reiter - Dean B. McLaughlin Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan; Astronomy PhD, University of Arizona, 2015
  • Sarah Ballard - Torres Fellow for Exoplanetary Research, MIT Kavli Institute; Former NASA Carl Sagan Fellow, University of Washington; Astronomy PhD, Harvard, 2012

2006

  • David Yeaton-Massey - Research Scientist, Northrop Grumman Corporation; Physics PhD, Caltech, 2015
  • Richard Kirian - Assistant Professor, ASU Biodesign Center for Applied Structural Discovery; Physics PhD, Arizona State University, 2011

2005

  • Maureen Teyssier - Senior Data Scientist, Enigma Technologies, Inc.; Former Postdoc, Rutgers; Astronomy PhD, Columbia University, 2013
  • Charlie Conroy - Associate Professor, Harvard Department of Astronomy; Former Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz; Astrophysics PhD, Princeton, 2010

2004

  • Michael Fogel - Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering, Prism Skylabs; Computer Science Msc, Stanford, 2010
  • Mohan Ganeshalingam - Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Energy Technologies Area, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Astrophysics PhD, UC Berkeley, 2012
  • Dana Weinstein - Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Purdue; Former Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT; Applied Physics PhD, Cornell, 2009
  • Dan Weisz – Assistant Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley, 2016-; Astrophysics PhD, University of Minnesota, 2010

2003

  • Kate Marvel - Climate Scientist, Columbia University and NASA GISS; Former Postdoc, LLNL and Carnegie Institution; Former Science Fellow, Stanford; Physics PhD
  • Kirsten Howley - Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Astrophysics PhD, UC Santa Cruz, 2010

2002

  • Erik Shirokoff - Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago; Astrophysics PhD, UC Berkeley, 2011
  • Shinae Park - Physics and Math Teacher, Stuart School, Princeton, NJ; Astronomy PhD, Harvard, 2009

2001

  • Melissa Enoch - Former(?) Assistant Professor, SF State; Former Postdoc, UC Berkeley; Astronomy PhD, Caltech, 2007(?)
  • Lindley Winslow - Assistant Professor of Physics, MIT; L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellow, 2010; Physics PhD, UC Berkeley, 2008

2000

  • Ki Won Yoon - Staff Scientist, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford; Former Staff Scientist, National Institute of Standards & Technology; Physics PhD, Caltech 2008
  • Kevin Bundy - Associate Researcher, UC Santa Cruz/UCO Lick; Astronomy PhD, Caltech, 2006
  • Megan Eckart - Research Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Physics PhD, Caltech, 2007
  • Maryam Modjaz - Assistant Professor in Physics, NYU; Former Hubble Postdoc, Columbia; Former Miller Fellow, UC Berkeley; Astronomy PhD, Harvard, 2007

1998

  • Nathan Lundblad - Associate Professor of Physics, Bates College, Maine; Former NRC Postdoc, NIST, MD; Physics PhD, Caltech, 2006
  • Tim Robishaw - Astronomer, Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory; Astrophysics PhD, UC Berkeley, 2008
  • Eli Sokolov - Managing Director, Cliffwater LLC; Former Senior Associate, MSCI Barra; MBA, UCLA Anderson School of Management

1996

  • Cindy Hancox - Physics Faculty, Brigham and Woman's Hospital Research Institute; Physics PhD Harvard, 2005

1995

  • Robyn Millan - Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth; Physics PhD, Berkeley, 2002
  • Amber Miller - Professor of Physics and Dean of Science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University; Chief Science Advisor to the Counterterrorism Bureau, NYPD; Physics PhD, Princeton, 2000
  • Chien Peng - Scientific Programmer, Giant Magellan Telescope; Astronomy PhD, University of Arizona, 2004

1994

  • Keivan Stassuk - Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Vanderbilt University; Director, Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-intensive Astrophysics; Adjunct Professor of Physics, Fisk; Astronomy PhD, University of Wisconsin Madison, 2000

1992

  • Peter Louch - Founder and CEO, Vemo Inc.

1989

  • Julian Cummings - Senior Development Engineer, MSC Software; Plasma Physics PhD, Princeton, 1994

1988

  • David Edelsohn - Leader, GCC Optimization Team, IBM Research; Astronomy MSc, Caltech; Physics PhD, Syracuse

1985

  • Richard Rand - Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of New Mexico; Astronomy PhD, Caltech, 1991

1984

  • Joshua Roth - Physics Teacher, Arlington High School; Astronomy PhD, Caltech, 2004
  • Michael Strauss - Professor and Associate Chair of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton; Astrophysics PhD, UC Berkeley, 1989
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