Steven Villanueva Jr.

Graduate Student 2012 - present

NSF Graduate Research Fellow 2014 - present

M.S. Astronomy, The Ohio State University, 2016

B.S. Physics, Texas A&M University, 2012

I'm a PhD candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. I'm working with Dr. Scott Gaudi on the discovery, confirmation, and characterization of exoplanets using ground-based telescopes. I've previously done work analyzing ground based exoplanet transit data taken from the robotic telescope DEMONEX.

Working with Dr. Rick Pogge, I've rebuilt and recommissioned the telescope as DEMONEXT, replacing the original optical tube and mount with a PlaneWave CDK20 and Mathis Instruments MI-750/1000. I'm actively monitoring KELT exoplanet candidates and ASAS-SN supernova candidates. DEMONEXT has also monitored active galactic nuclei (AGN) and microlensing targets.

As an undergraduate I worked for Dr. Darren Depoy at Texas A&M University on various instrumentation projects including a lunar scintillometer (MooSci) to profile the ground layer turbulence profile of future site of the Giant Magellan Telescope.

I'm a member of The Ohio State University chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American Scientists (SACNAS), a member of the National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP), and a member of The Ohio State University-wide Council of Latino Organizations (UCLO).

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