AKA Reno Steele
BA 2010 (CU Boulder)
MA 2012 (U Florida)
401 Bryant Space Science Center
Areas of Specialty
NIR Instrumentation, Galactic Center extinction, X-Ray binaries, massive stars.
IDL and IRAF/PyRAF Code Monkey, working on becoming a Python whisperer.
Stellar outflows big and small, instrumentation, compact objects (in particular SS433 & the Crab Pulsar)
A Colorado boy from the Western Slope, I grew up with an appreciation of the stars and a fierce desire to understand them. I spent 5 years at CU-Boulder (plus one year abroad in Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany for a grand total of 6) and graduated valedictorian of the department. I have adapted to the humidity of Florida and regret it immensely.
However, I have one of the finest advisors a grad student could hope for, and my fellow grad students here make the climate easier to bear. Additionally, UF is a partner in the Gran Telescopio Canarias, currently the world's largest steerable optical/IR telescope. Overall, I have spent about 6 weeks at GTC working both on the instruments with the day crew and observing with the night crew.