Research

AsteroidinSolarSystem2016

Artist’s conception of an asteroid in our solar system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

An asteroid impact is the only natural disaster we have the technology to prevent. But to prevent an impact, we’d need time–ideally decades– to prepare. Therefore, we must discover all of the potentially hazardous asteroids now.
At Olin, I work with students to find asteroids and develop software to help other people find asteroids. I’m interested in the best ways to find asteroids, and often experiment with toolkits like machine learning.
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Before I was at Olin, I was a part of several asteroid discovery and characterization teams, including:
  • NASA’s NEOWISE spacecraft. NEOWISE is an infrared telescope that orbits the Earth, taking a photograph of the sky every eleven seconds. NEOWISE has seen over 158,000 asteroids, and has discovered over 30,000.
  • NEOCam, a NASA mission that is currently in Extended Phase A. NEOCam, an infrared space telescope, would measure the sizes and brightnesses of millions of asteroids, and would be the largest infrared survey of comets.
  • Internal IPAC/Caltech asteroid detection development.

For copies of my academic papers, please visit arXiv.