Graduate Alumni Before 2005

John Cannon

Dr. John M. Cannon ’04

After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2004, John worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, as a postdoctoral researcher at Wesleyan University, and then moved to his current faculty position at Macalester College.

Advisor: Evan Skillman

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Andrew Young

Dr. Andrew Young ’04

After working out east for a few years, Dr. Young arrived at Casper College in 2005. Dr. Young's past research interest includes blazars, space weather, aurora borealis, astrophysical search engines, and AGNs. His current primary academic duties consist of teaching live and on-line astronomy and physics courses at Casper College.

Advisor: Lawrence Rudnick

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Naomi McClure-Griffiths

Dr. Naomi McClure-Griffiths ’01

After graduating in 2001, I moved to Sydney, Australia as a Bolton Fellow at the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility. I stayed on at CSIRO as a senior research scientist and eventually the Head of National Facility support. In 2015, my husband, daughter and I moved to Canberra, Australia so that I could take up a position as a Professor at the Australian National University (ANU). My research group at ANU focuses on the hydrogen gas and magnetic fields in the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds using the Square Kilometre Array and its pathfinders.

Advisor: John Dickey

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Juan Cabanela

Dr. Juan Cabanela ’99

After graduating, my goal was to land a tenure-track teaching focused position as I enjoyed teaching. I spent two years at Saint Cloud State, two years at Haverford College (on a teaching ‘postdoc’), three more years at Saint Cloud State, before landing my tenure-track position at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Advisor: Roberta Humphreys

Chip Kobulnicky

Dr. Chip Kobulnicky ’97

Chip graduated from UMN with a PhD in Astrophysics in the spring of 1996. After postdoctoral positions at the University of California at Santa Cruz (Hubble Fellow) and University of Wisconsin, Madison (associate scientist) he started a faculty position at the University of Wyoming in 2002. At Wyoming he has served as the director of the Wyoming Infrared Observatory and won the all-campus Ellbogen Meritorous Teaching award.

Advisor: Evan Skillman

Chris Taylor

Dr. Chris Taylor ’95

After finishing my Ph.D. in 1995 I worked as a post doctoral researcher at McMaster University in Ontario, then as a post doctoral research fellow at the Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum in Germany and then as a senior postdoctoral researcher at the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory at U. Mass in Amherst. I was hired as an assistant Professor at California State University, Sacramento in 2003, where I remain as a full Professor and currently serve as the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Advisor: Evan Skillman

Martha Anderson

Dr. Martha Anderson ’93

After finishing her PhD in Astrophysics in 1993, Martha moved into the field of satellite remote sensing with postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2005 she joined the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, MD, focusing on thermal mapping of evapotranspiration, crop stress and drought. She is a member of the Landsat and ECOSTRESS mission science teams.

Advisor: Lawrence Rudnick

Jeffrey Pedelty

Dr. Jeffrey Pedelty ’88

Jeff has been with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center since November, 1987. He began as a science support contractor on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) mission before being hired as a NASA civil servant in 1989. He has worked as an engineer and scientist on a variety of Earth and space science projects, along with high performance computing, including Landsat 7, 8, and 9 and the environmental/weather satellites JPSS-1 and 2. He worked in Greenbelt, MD for 20 years, but now he is resident at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, CO.

Advisor: Lawrence Rudnick