IU alumnus Zack Maas (Ph.D. 2020) has joined the IU Astronomy Department as the new Visiting Assistant Professor and will be teaching our undergraduates all about astronomy. Zack is teaching A103 Search for Life in the Universe and A107 The Art of Astronomy this fall, and will be teaching A100 The Solar System in the spring term.
Along with his teaching duties, Zack will be delving back into his research interests of connecting the composition of stars to 1) the formation of the Milky Way galaxy, 2) the creation of elements through nuclear fusion, 3) characterizing exoplanet compositions using host star chemical abundances. He is excited to build on the work he began as a graduate student at IU and expanded as a Harlan J. Smith postdoctoral fellow at UT Austin. He especially is looking forward to using the newly available (to Zack) NEID instrument on the WIYN 3.5m!