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.
Akshata Krishnamurthy is a second year PhD student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, specializing in Space Systems Engineering. She was awarded the Faculty for the Future Fellowship award from 2014-2016 by the Schlumberger Foundation to pursue a doctoral degree at MIT Aero-Astro. She is now working on the design and fabrication of precision instrumentation for the measurement of absolute quantum efficiency of the CCD detectors for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission.
Honors and awards:
Recipient of the 2017 Luigi G. Napolitano Award at the closing ceremony of the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. "The Luigi G. Napolitano Award is presented annually by the International Astronautical Federation to a young scientist, below 30 years of age, who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the aerospace science and has given a paper at the IAC on the contribution.”