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UC Berkeley Ph.D.s in Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Berkeley Astronomy Alumni

Name PhD Year Adviser Dept. Current Institution Current Title/Role Last update
Petigura, Erik '15 Marcy AY Caltech Hubble Fellow Nov 15
Stark, Casey '15 Nugent AY Google Engineer Nov 15
McBride, James '14 Heiles AY Ceres Imaging Scientist Nov 15
Hull, Chat '14 Plambeck AY CfA-Harvard Jansky Fellow Oct 14
George, Matt '14 Schlegel AY Square Engineer Oct 14
Klein, Chris '14 Bloom AY Apple Engineer Oct 14
Morgan, Adam '14 Bloom AY Albeado, San Francisco Engineer Nov 15
Miller, Adam '13 Bloom AY JPL Hubble Fellow Apr '14
Newman, Sarah '13 Genzel AY Urban Green Energy, NYC Engineer Apr 14
Noh, Yookyung '13 Cohn AY Intel Engineer Nov 15
Perez-Becker, Daniel '13 Chiang PH Yammer, San Francisco Software Engineer May 14
Pober, Jonathan '13 Parsons AY Brown University Assistant Professor Jan 16
Shiode, Joshua '12 Quataert AY American Astronomical Society Bahcall Public Policy Fellow Feb 14
Alatalo, Katey '12 Heiles AY Carnegie Observatories Hubble Fellow Jun 15
Bauermeister, Amber '12 Blitz AY Northrop Grumman Corporation Communications Systems Engineer Nov 13
Ganeshalingam, Mo '12 Filippenko AY LBL Energy Analysis Staff Feb 13
Huff, Eric '12 Seljak AY CCAPP at Ohio State Postdoc Feb 13
Luszcz Cook, Statia '12 de Pater AY AMNH Postdoc May 12
McConnell, Nicholas '12 Graham/Ma AY Hawaii IfA Parrent Fellow May 12
Siemion, Andrew '12 Werthimer AY Breakthrough Listen, Berkeley Astronomy Scientific Director May 12
Williams, Peter '12 Bower AY Harvard CfA Postdoc May 12
Hansen, Charles '11 McKee / Klein AY Pivotal Labs, San Francisco Software Engineer Nov 13
Perley, Daniel '11 Bloom AY Dark Cosmology Centre, Copenhagen Marie Curie / DARK Postdoctoral Fellow Nov 15
Silverman, Jeffrey '11 Filippenko AY UT Austin NSF Postdoctoral Fellow Apr '14
Strubbe, Linda '11 Quataert AY University of British Columbia Postdoc (Science Education & Teaching) Aug '15
Fakhouri, Onsi '10 Ma AY Pivotal Labs, San Francisco Software Engineer Feb '13
Converse, Joseph '10 Stahler AY University of Toledo Postdoc Feb '13
Imara, Nia '10 Blitz AY CfA-Harvard Postdoc Jun '15
Maness, Holly '10 Graham AY Earth & Planetary Sciences, UC Berkeley NSF SEES Fellow Aug '14
Shapiro, Kristen '10 Genzel AY Northrup Grumman Corporation Systems Engineer Oct '10
Wetzel, Andrew '10 White AY Yale Postdoc Oct '10
Chornock, Ryan '09 Filippenko AY Ohio University Assistant Professor Apr '10
Comerford, Julie '09 Davis AY U. Colorado, Boulder Assistant Professor Nov '13
Desroches, Louis-Benoit '09 Filippenko AY LBL Energy Analysis Staff Oct '10
Laver, Conor '09 de Pater AY Bright Power Inc., NY Vice President Nov '13
Metzger, Brian '09 Quataert PH Columbia Asst. Prof. Jan '13
Offner, Stella '09 McKee PH U. Mass. Amherst Assistant Professor May '14
Peek, Kathryn '09 Marcy AY Popular Science Magazine Designer of information graphics May '14
Sandstrom, Karin '09 Bolatto AY UCSD Assistant Professor Nov '15
Foley, Ryan '08 Filippenko AY University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Asst. Prof. Nov '13
Murray-Clay, Ruth '08 Chiang AY UC Santa Barbara Assistant Professor Aug '15
Peek, Joshua '08 Heiles AY STScI Assistant Astronomer (tenure track) Aug '15
Robishaw, Tim '08 Heiles AY Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory Staff Astronomer Aug '15
Levine, Evan '07 Blitz AY Department of Homeland Security Risk analyst Oct '10
Cooper, Michael '07 Davis AY UC Irvine Asst. Prof Aug '14
Gerke, Brian '07 Davis PH LBL Staff Scientist May '14
Yan, Renbin '07 Davis AY University of Kentucky Assistant Professor May '14
Johnson, John '07 Marcy AY Harvard Professor (tenured) Aug '13
Fitzgerald, Mike '07 Graham & Marcy AY UCLA Professor, Phys & Astro (tenured) Aug '15
Kregenow, Julia '07 Heiles & Edelstein AY Penn State Non-tenure-track faculty May '09
Leroy, Adam '06 Blitz AY Ohio State University Assistant Professor Nov '15
Perrin, Marshall '06 Graham AY STScI Associate Astronomer, JWST Telescope Optics Group Aug '14
Boylan-Kolchin, Mike '06 Ma PH UC Irvine CGE Fellow Oct '10
Wright, Jason '06 Marcy AY Penn State Associate Professor (tenured) Aug '15
Swift, Jon '06 Welch AY Hawaii Postdoc Aug '06
Dawson, Steve '05 Spinrad AY Industry Feb '07
McCrady, Nate '05 Graham AY U. Montana Assoc. Prof. Aug '14
Rosolowsky, Erik '05 Blitz AY University of Alberta Assistant Professor Aug '15
Chakrabarti, Sukanya '05 McKee PH Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Aug '09
Simon, Josh '05 Blitz AY Carnegie Observatories Staff Scientist Oct '10
Krumholz, Mark '05 McKee PH UC Santa Cruz → Australian National University tenure-track Aug '15
Coil, Alison '04 Davis AY UCSD Asst. Prof. Oct '08
Barranco, Joseph '04 Marcus AY San Francisco State U. tenure-track June '07
Chen, Vivien '04 Welch AY National Tsing Hua University July '08
Gilbert, Andrea '02 Graham AY Aerospace Corporation Research scientist Sept '09
Lloyd, James '02 Graham AY Cornell Associate Professor (tenured) Aug '06
Spitkovsky, Anatoly '02 Arons PH Princeton Associate Professor (tenured), Astrophysical Sciences April '07
Webster, Zodiac '02 Welch AY Columbus State U Assoc. Prof. of Physics April '10
Roe, Henry '01 de Pater AY Lowell Obs. tenure-track Aug '06
Liu, Michael '00 Graham PH IfA Prof. Aug '06
Newman, Jeffrey '00 Davis AY U. Pittsburgh tenure-track May '08
Matheson, Tom '00 Filippenko AY NOAO tenure-track Aug '06
Leonard, Doug '00 Filippenko AY San Diego State U tenure-track Aug '06
Wong, Tony '00 Blitz AY U Illinois Asst. Prof. Nov '08
Finkbeiner, Douglas '99 Davis PH Harvard Assoc. Prof. (tenure-track) May '11
Stern, Dan '99 Spinrad AY JPL staff research scientist Apr '07
Barth, Aaron '98 Filippenko AY UC Irvine tenure-track Aug '06
Moustakas, Lexi '98 Davis AY JPL Research Scientist and Section Manager Nov 15
Sallmen, Shauna '98 Backer AY UWisc-La Crosse tenure-track Jan '07
Bower, Geoff '97 Backer AY ASIAA Research Astronomer Aug '06
Korpela, Eric '97 Bowyer AY SSL Research Scientist Jul '07
Levenson, Nancy '97 Graham AY Gemini Observatory Deputy Director & Head of Science Aug '09
Gonzalez, Rosa '96 Graham AY Centro de Radioastronom ́ıa y Astrof ́ısica, UNAM, Campus Morelia, Michoac ́an, M ́exico, C.P. 58089 Faculty Aug '14
Holzapfel, W.L. '96 Lange PH UC Berkeley Prof., Physics Feb '07
Richter, Matt '95 Graham AY UC Davis Research physicist Aug '06
Schlegel, David '95 Davis AY LBL permanent position Aug '06
Johnstone, Doug '95 Shu AY U. Victoria/HIA tenure Sep '06
Ho, Luis '95 Filippenko AY Carnegie Permanent position Aug '06
Najita, Joan '94 Shu AY NOAO tenure Aug '06
Dey, Arjun '94 Spinrad AY NOAO tenure Aug '06
Brown, Michael '94 Spinrad / DePater AY Caltech Prof. of Planetary Sciences Feb '07
Tegmark, Max '94 Silk PH MIT Prof. Aug '06
Valenti, Jeff '94 Basri AY STScI tenure Aug '09
Williams, Jonathan P. '94 Blitz/Welch AY IfA tenure Aug '06
Devlin, M.J. '93 Lange PH UPA Physics prof, expt. astrophys Feb '07
Dickinson, Mark '93 Spinrad AY NOAO tenure-track Aug '06
McCullough, Peter '93 Heiles AY STScI staff position Aug '06
Meixner, Margaret '93 Welch AY STScI tenure Aug '06
Tafala, Mario '93 Welch AY Obs. Astro. Nacional (Spain) staff Aug '06
Wilner, David '93 Welch AY CfA Permanent staff Aug '06
Edelstein, Jerry '92 Bowyer AY SSL Research scientist Jul '07
Alsop, D.C. '91 Lange PH Harvard Assoc. Prof, medical physics Feb '07
Shields, Joe '91 Filippenko AY Ohio U. Prof., Physics & Astronomy Jun '07
Bernstein, G. '89 Richards PH U. Penn Prof., Physics Feb '07
Goldhaber, D. '88 Townes(Betz) PH GE Healthcare Mar '07
Zmuidzinas, J. '87 McKee(Betz) PH CalTech Professor of Physics Feb '07
Djorgovski, S. '85 Davis AY CalTech Professor of Astronomy Feb '07
Jakobsen, Peter '83 Bowyer AY ESA JWST Project Scientist Dec '08
Kahn, S. '80 Bowyer PH Stanford Physics Prof. Feb '07
Goldsmith, P. '75 Townes PH JPL Feb '07
Geballe, Tom '74 Townes PH Gemini staff astronomer Aug '06
Cudaback, David D. '62 Weaver AY UC Berkeley tenured Astronomy Lecturer (deceased) Feb '07

Other almuni

Jon Arons compiled these tables of all Berkeley alumni since WWII and last them updated July 24, 1998.

Updates should go into the table above.