The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
Alex is from the California Bay Area. In his spare time, he sings with the MIT Concert Choir.
Alex is interested in the dwarf galaxies that surround the Milky Way. These dwarf galaxies can tell us a lot about dark matter, cosmology, and the first stars and galaxies. Alex and his group are working on the Caterpillar Project. This large suite of simulations will help us understand the structure of dwarf galaxies in the context of cosmology. Alex also studies what information can be gleaned from chemical abundances of metal-poor stars. Encoded in these stars is valuable information about the first stars and galaxies.
Honors and awards:
Henry Kendall Teaching Award, Sep 2014 Whiteman Fellow, Sep 2012 - Sep 2013 AAPT Outstanding Learning Assistant Award 2012