List of PhD Graduates


This is a list of PhD graduates of the Astronomy program at the University of Illinois. We try to keep this list up-to-date, but it is inevitable that some of the information listed below will be out-of-date. If you are a graduate of the program and your information is missing/inaccurate, please contact the department webmaster.

Benjamin Ryan May 2018 Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Dominique Segura-Cox December 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany
Susmita Adhikari August 2017 Post-Doc, Stanford University, KIPAC Post-Doc, Stanford University, KIPAC
Manichandra Morampudi December 2016 Own business, India Own business, India
Brian Fry August 2016 Air Force Air Force
Jessica Evans August 2016 Visiting Lecturer, U of I Physical Therapy student
Gary Foreman May 2016 Data Scientist, State Farm Data Scientist, State Farm
Rukmani Vijayaraghavan August 2015 NSF Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia NSF Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia
Rui (Jerry) Xue August 2015 Post Doc, Purdue University Post Doctoral Research Scholar,  University of Iowa
Matias Carrasco Kind December 2014 Research Scientist, NCSA Research Scientist, NCSA
Yiran (Janet) Wang December 2014 Post Doc, NCSA Start-up Company, Texas
Ian Stephens December 2013 Postdoc, Boston University Postdoc, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard

David Rebolledo

December 2013

Postdoc, Univ of Sydney

Postdoc, University of Chile
Kuo-Chuan Pan August 2013 Postdoc, Department of Physics at Basel University in Switzerland Research Associate, Michigan State University
Nicholas Hakobian August 2013 Audax Health, Data Scientist Staff Data Scientist at Rally Health
Nachiketa Chakraborty August 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik Postdoctoral Fellow at Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik
Hotaka Shiokawa August 2013 Postdoc, Johns Hopkins Postdoc, Center for Astrophysics, Harvard
I-Jen Lee May 2013 Postdoc, University of Maryland (College Park) Consultant, Ab Initio Software
Ki-Jeong Yim December 2012 Postdoc, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen Postdoc, Korea Astronomy and Space Institute
Modhurita Mitra August 2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate, U of I Postdoc,  University of Groningen
Brett Hayes August 2012 Visiting Lecturer, University of Illinois Boost Services at Epic
Jana Bilikova May 2012 Adjunct Faculty, Santa Monica College Adjunct Faculty, Santa Monica College
Hsin-Fang Chiang December 2011 Astrobiology Postdoctoral Fellow at Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii Data Management Scientist, NCSA
Joshua Dolence December 2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Princeton University

Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Troy Hacker December 2011 Major, United States Air Force Assistant Professor of Physics and Chief Engineer, U.S. Air Force
Nicholas Indriolo August 2011 Assistant Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute
Amy Lien August 2011 Research Fellow, NASA/GSFC Adjunct Lecturer, University of Maryland
Hsiang-Yi (Karen) Yang August 2011 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Michigan Einstein Fellow, University of Maryland
Po Kin Leung December 2010 Postdoc at UC Santa Barbara Lecturer, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jonathan Seale December 2010 Postdoc at Space Telescope Science Institute

Data Scientist, ATA, LLC; Washington, DC

Jeeseon Song December 2010 Postdoc at University of Michigan Teacher at Taejon Christian International School, South Korea
Chao-Chin Yang August 2010 Postdoc at UC Santa Cruz Senior Research fellow at Lund Observatory, Sweden
Rishi Khatri August 2010 Postdoc at Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India
Woojin Kwon December 2009 Postdoc at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Staff, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute
Xiaoyue Guan October 2009 Postdoc at University of Virginia  Chevron
Britt Lundgren October 2009 Postdoc at Yale University

Asst. Professor of Physics, UNC-Asheville

Ashley Ross October 2009 Postdoc at University of Portsmouth (UK) Post doc at Ohio State University
Zarija Lukic October 2008 Postdoc at Los Alamos National Lab

Project Scientist at Computational Cosmology Center, U of Calif. Berkeley

Yu-Shao "Jerry" Shiao October 2008 Postdoc at ASIAA

Joint Associate Fellow, Leung Center for Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, National Taiwan University

Shiya Wang October 2008 Postdoc at University of Michigan Environmental Protection Specialist, State of Colorado
Amit Pratap Singh Yadav October 2008 Postdoc at Harvard Center for Astrophysics Astrophysicist at University of California San-Diego.
Bryan C. Dunne May 2007 Visiting Teaching Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Assistant Chair of Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chang-Hui Rosie Chen May 2007 Postdoc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Scientific Staff, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
Tijana Prodanovic October 2006 Research Associate, University of Novi Sad, Serbia Associate Professor, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Yun Chen May 2006    
Douglas Friedel December 2005 Postdoc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Programmer, NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paulo Cortes December 2005 Postdoc, Universidad de Chile, Santiago Staff Astronomer, ALMA, Santiago, Chile
Paschalis Paschos December 2005 Research Associate, University of California, San Diego Senior High Performance Computing Specialist, Northwestern University
Vasiliki Pavlidou October 2005 Postdoc, University of Chicago Assistant Professor, University of Crete
Konstantinos Tassis October 2005 Postdoc, University of Chicago Assistant Professor, University of Crete
Ian O'Dwyer October 2005 NRC Fellow, JPL/Caltech Marketing Director at Arroyo Investment Group & Capital Research & Consulting
Yen-Ting Lin August 2005 Fellow, Princeton/Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Assistant research fellow, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica
Anthony Remijan January 2004 Postdoc, GSFC Associate Scientist; Manager of Observatory Scientific Support and Research, NRAO
Wen-Ching Lin October 2003 Postdoc, University of California San Diego Staff Data Scientist at VMware, CA
Michelle Griffin December 2003 Language Student  
David Fong May 2003 Postdoc, Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Hawaii Professor, Olympic College, Washington
Richard Frazin May 2002 Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge MA Associate Research Scientist, University of Michigan
Toshiya Ueta May 2002 Postdoc, Royal Observatory of Belgium Associate Professor, Denver University
Sean Points October 2001 Postdoc, Northwestern University Associate Scientist, NOAO/CTIO, Chile
Shih-Ping Lai October 2001 Postdoc, JPL Professor, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan
Ward Manchester May 2000 Research Fellow, University of Michigan Research Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Jeff Veal May 2000 Instructor, Southwestern College Professor, Southwestern College
Sheng-Yuan Liu January 2000 Postdoc, California Institute of Technology Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Astronomy & Astrophysics, Taipei
Ramprasad Rao May 1999 Postdoc, University of Chicago

Receiver Support Engineer, Submillimeter Array, ASIAA

Rosa Williams May 1999 Postdoc, GSFC Associate Professor, Columbus State University, Georgia
Rolaine Young Owl May 1999 Postdoc, UCLA Lives in California
Dimitrios Psaltis October 1998 Postdoc, Harvard Smithsonian CfA - Fellow Professor, University of Arizona
Vassiliki (Vicky) Kalogera October 1997 Postdoc, Harvard Smithsonian CfA - Fellow Daniel I. Linzer Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Northwestern University
Co-Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)
Lisa Norton Young May 1997 Postdoc, New Mexico State University - Fellow Professor, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
Gregory Bryan October 1996 Research Associate, MIT Department of Physics Professor, Columbia University
Nina Yanti Miao October 1996 Postdoc, UIUC CEO, Nanjing Olo Home Furnishing Co., Ltd
Yu Zhang October 1996 Postdoc, University of Rochester Medical Center Staff Scientist, University of Rochester Medical Center
David Bell May 1996 Support Scientist, NOAO Software Support Consultant, NOAO
Byung-Il Jun October 1995 Postdoc, University of Minnesota Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Letizia Stanghellini May 1995 Tenured Astronomer, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, Italy Associate Astronomer, NOAO/Kitt Peak
Yi-Jehng Kuan January 1995 Postdoc, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Taiwan Professor, National Taiwan Normal University
Raymond Plante January 1995 Visiting Postdoc, NCSA National Institute of Standards and Technology; Gaithersburg, MD
Paul D. Gensheimer October 1994 Postdoc, Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie Lives in New Mexico
Baolian Cheng October 1993 Postdoc, Los Alamos National Lab Scientist, Los Alamos National Lab
John Hayes October 1993 Postdoc, University of Arizona Scientist, University of California La Jolla
Bennet Link October 1991 Postdoc, Los Alamos National Lab Professor, Montana State University
Jin Wang October 1991 Postdoc, UIUC, Chemistry Dept. Professor, SUNY Stony Brook
Grant Bazan May 1991 Postdoc, University of Texas Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Dinshaw Balsara January 1991 Postdoc, Johns Hopkins University Professor, Notre Dame
Jim Stone October 1990 Postdoc, NCSA Professor, Princeton University
Gunnlaugur Bjornsson May 1990 Postdoc, University of Iceland Research Scientist, University of Iceland
Preethi Pratap May 1990 Postdoc, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics MIT Haystack Observatory
Anurag Shankar May 1990 Postdoc, University of Arizona Project Manager, School of Medicine Advanced Biomedical IT Core & University IT Services, Indiana University
Michael Hjellming October 1989 Postdoc, Northwestern University

SVP, Shared Operations Technology Manager, Bank of America, North Carolina

Robert Loushin October 1989 Staff, 3M Quality Assurance Engineer at Carestream Health, Minneapolis, MN
Richard Arendt January 1989 NRC Associateship, GSFC Associate Research Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Andrew Abrahams October 1988 Research Associate, Cornell University Founder of Aviso computer software, Sacremento, CA
Peter Barnes October 1988 Postdoc, CITA, University of Toronto Assistant Scientist, University of Florida
Dave Hollowell May 1988 Scientist, Los Alamos National Lab Scientist, Los Alamos National Lab
Carol Neese October 1987 Scientist, NOAO Scientist, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson
Howard Bushouse 1986 NRC Associateship, NASA Ames Research Center Senior Scientific Programmer, STScI
Mark Schenewerk 1986 Geoscientist, NOAA National Geodetic Survey
Dean Sumi 1986 Postdoctoral Research Associate, NCSA Pricipal Electrical Engineer, MITRE; California
Richard Shaw 1985 Post Doc, Lick Observatory Software Solutions Director, NOAO
John F. Hawley October 1984

Bantrell Fellow at the California Institute of Technology

VITA Professor, Associate Dean, University of Virginia
Scott Kenyon 1983

Post Doc, Center for Astrophysics

Senior Scientist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
David J. Lien 1983   Planetary Science Institute
Kenneth Cosner 1982   Sr. Software Developer at Citadel LLC, Chicago
Deidre Hunter 1982   Astronomer, Lowell Observatory
Allan Wirth 1982 Post Doc, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Xinetics Inc.
Philip R. Jewell 1982   Deputy Director, NRAO
Wendee M. Brunish 1981 Post Doc, University of Southern California Scientist, Los Alamos National Lab
William I. Hartkopf 1981 Research Associate, Georgia State University Scientist, US Naval Observatory
Stephen A. Becker 1979   Scientist, Los Alamos National Lab
John Lavery 1978   Defense & Space Professional, San Diego
Richard R. Radick 1978   Director, Sacramento Peak Observatory
Willis Boughton 1977   Associate Professor, Harper College
Sherman Kanagy 1977   Adjunct Professor of Physics at The Citadel, Charleston, SC
Drake L. Deming 1976   Professor, University of Maryland
Richard Doughty 1976    
Carolyn Lowrey Matthews 1975    
Bert W. Rust 1974 Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Scientist, NIST
Joseph Degioanni 1973 Resident in Space Medicine, Ohio State University Medical School CEO, Emtel, Inc.
Bruno Jambor 1973

Principal Engineer, Lockheed Martin Corp., Denver, CO

Retired. Author, resides in Colorado
Anthony Willis October 1972 Postdoc, Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands Senior Research Council Officer, Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
George Nickas June 1972   Professor Emeritus, Hanover College
Edward W. Weis June 1972   Professor Emeritus, Wesleyan University
Julie H. Lutz February 1972   University of Washington, Emerita Research Professor
Marshall Faintich 1971   Author, resides in Virginia
William W. Warnock 1971 NRC Associateship, NOAA Environmental Research Laboratory  
Thomas May 1970   Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University
Peter Melvin 1970 Instructor of Physical Science, UIUC LAS Admin Astrophysicist, Naval Research Laboratory (retired)
Thomas Lutz October 1969   Professor, Washington State University (deceased)
Richard R. Ringenberg October 1969   Research Scientist, US Government
Gary C. Goodman June 1969 Postdoc in Planetary Sciences, NASA Ames Research Center Professor, Oxnard College (retired)
Michael E. Cahill February 1969   Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin West Bend
Jospeh W. Erkes October 1968   Physicist, General Electric, retired
Leo V. Standeford June 1968   Professor, Mankato State University (deceased)
Paul D. Lee February 1968   Professor, Middle Tennessee State University, retired
William E. Greig October 1967    
Raymond E. White February 1967   Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona (deceased)
Elaine Avner January 1965   Computer Education Specialist Emerita, UIUC
John E. Geisler January 1965 Post Doc at MIT University of Utah, Professor Emeritus of Meteorology (deceased)
Pamela A. Geisler January 1965    
Ronald A. Schorn January 1963   Chief of Planetary Astronomy, NASA (retired), author
Robert C. Roeder November 1962 Assistant Professor, Queen's University Professor Emeritus, Southwestern University
Charles C. Wylie 1922   Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa (deceased)