MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Michael M. Fausnaugh

TESS Pipeline Scientist Research Scientist

Michael Fausnaugh is a Pipeline/Research Scientist for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).  He earned a PhD in Astronomy from The Ohio State University in May 2017, advised by Prof. Bradley Peterson.  His research has focused on Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), particularly measurements of super-massive black hole masses and multiwavelength/variability properties of AGN.  He is broadly interested in time domain astronomy and data reduction/analysis techniques.  He is currently working with the TESS mission to discover nearby exoplanets that will be the best targets for atmospheric characterization studies.  He is also excited to use TESS to study extragalactic transient phenomena, such as supernovae and tidal disruption events.


Research interests: 

Time Domain Astronomy
Active Galaxies/Super-Massive Black Holes
Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

Contact Information

t: 617-324-6404



PhD, Astronomy, The Ohio State University, May 2017; BA, Philosophy/History of Math and Science, St. John's College (Santa Fe), May 2011