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Yale Astronomy

Undergraduate Students

Christopher Leet

Christopher Leet Christopher is majoring in Astrophysics and Computer Science, Yale class of 2017. He worked on the Yale Doppler Diagnostic Facility rebuild under the supervision of Colby Jurgenson. The Yale Doppler Diagnostic Facility is a bench-mounted spectrograph test facility for instruments that our team builds for observatories across the world. Christopher designed the mounts and the superstructure. In the Spring 2016 semester, Christopher began working on the tough problem of modeling telluric contamination in stellar spectra under the supervision of Prof Debra Fischer and Dr. Jeff Valenti (Space Telescope scientist extraordinare). Christopher was born in New York, but lived in London for 15 years. He is also interested in cryptography, drones, digital education and tea.

Justin Myles

Justin Myles Justin is an astrophysics student at Yale, class of 2017. He is currently working with Ph. D. candidate John Brewer on measuring and analyzing lithium abundance in planet host stars. He is interested in understanding the possibility of enhanced lithium depletion in planet formation theory.
Justin is also a mentor for New Haven youth and is an avid surfer and runner.

Sophia Sanchez-Maes

Sophia Sanchez-Maes Sophia is an astrophysics and computer science major at Yale, class of 2019. She is currently working on the Yale Doppler Diagnostic Facility rebuild, and exploring statistical methods to separate signal from stellar noise in radial velocity exoplanet detection. During the summer 2016, she worked as an intern at JPL and we hear that she is bowling everyone over with her enthusiasm and brilliance.
A native New Mexican, Sophia also enjoys mathematics, reading, hiking, and travel.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith Scott is an undergrad at Yale, class of 2018. He is studying Computer Science and worked on rebuilding the Yale Doppler Diagnostic Facility spectrograph and designing a flat LED light source for calibration during the summer of 2015. This idea is now being prototyped in partnership with FiberTech Optica for the EXPRES spectrometer (we'll be commissioning this in summer 2017). During summer 2016, Scott is developing a user interface for Doppler analysis of CHIRON data that will allow astronomers to automate the RV analysis of their data. Scott is also a project leader for the Yale Undergrad Aerospace Association.

Past undergraduate students are listed on our Exoplanets Alumni page.