[2023/08] Dr. Michael Fausnaugh joins the PHAS as an assistant professor in Fall 2023.
Originally from Moriarty, NM, he received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from The Ohio State
University in 2017. From 2017 to 2023, he worked as a research scientist at MIT, supporting
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. At MIT, Dr. Fausnaugh
led the extragalactic research group for TESS, finding new uses for TESS data to investigate
the physics of supernovae and black holes. He is broadly interested in time domain
astronomy, including multimessenger astrophysical observations that combine information
from photons, neutrinos, and gravitational waves. He also has a longstanding interest
in the Philosophy and History of Math and Science from his undergraduate education
at Saint John's College, Santa Fe. Dr. Fausnaugh is a recipient of the MIT Infinite
Expansion Award, OSU Markowitz Award for Excellence in Observational Astronomy, and
co-recipient of the NASA Silver Achievement Medal awarded to the TESS team. Outside of astronomical observing or reducing data, Dr. Fausnaugh is an avid reader,
enjoys hiking and camping, and has a penchant for birdwatching.