Some people (with their own web pages) that I want to highlight:
Prof. Alex Lazarian – Professor of Astronomy at University of Wisconsin, Madison. (http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~lazarian/)
A great theoretician and good guy. Has developed and matured the Radiative Alignment Torque (RAT) theory from the basis laid by Dolginov & Mythropanov (1976) and Draine & Weingartner (1996, 1997). Also prominent in the theory of turbulence and magnetic reconnection.
Dr. Kristin Kulas – Lecturer in the Physics Department at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA. (https://webpages.scu.edu/ftp/kkulas/)
Did her thesis helping Ian McLean develop MOSFIRE for Keck. Great scientist and teacher. Kristin and I (and Alex) have a “Collaborative Research” grant from the NSF in which we engage SCU students in astronomical reserach.
Dr. Thiem Hoang – Senior Researcher at the Korean Astronomy and Space Physics Institute (KASI), Korea (https://chithiemhoang.wordpress.com/)
Previously Alex Lazarian’s graduate student and a co-developer of the analytical formulation of RAT alignment theory. Very capable theoretician with a knack for explaining complicated concepts.
Prof. Terry Jones – Professor of Astronomy at University of Minnesota (http://homepages.spa.umn.edu/~tjj/)
Amazing observational astronomer and instrument builder. First on so many things, including the first to show that grains are aligned where the dust and gas temperatures are the same – and therefore that Davis-Greenstein alignment can’t work for the large majority of ISM grains.
Dr. Stephen Potter – Head of Astronomy at the South African Astronomical Observatory (http://www.saao.ac.za/)
Highly capable and broad-range observational astronomer and instrument builder – and really nice guy! Also, the real Harry Potter!! (or at least the real-life inspiration of “Harry” – as reported by the Cape Times).
Dr. Vilppu Piirola – Research Scientist at University of Turku, Finland (Tuorla observatory )
An absolutely amazing builder of polarimetry instruments and an innovative astronomer. In my experience: if you observe with one of Vilppu’s instruments, there is no instrumental polarization! Also a nice helpful guy from whom I’ve learned a lot.
Mr. Ilija Medan – Research Assistant at the SOFIA Science Center
Ilija was a summer student with me in 2016. After finishing his degree at Santa Clara University, he has worked with, first Ravi Sankrit and, then me as a research assistant here at the SOFIA Science Center. With me he’s been working on grain alignment in the wall of the local bubble and in IRC+10216.
Watch this guy – he’s going places!