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Welcome to my web home!

I am a Ph.D candidate in the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology program at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellow (2017 - 2020), and member of the RIT Center for Detectors. Before coming to RIT, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy from the University of Arizona.

My research interests are experimental cosmology and near-infrared instrumentation. I am working with Dr. Michael Zemcov on the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment 2 (CIBER-2). We design and build an experiment with a rocket-borne optical/near-IR telescope, which we will then use to map the fluctuations in the intensity of the Extragalactic Background Light.

You can find an overview of my education, research projects, outreach and service activities, as well as related news on this webpage. If you have questions regarding my work, please contact me using the information below.


  • Email: (fastest way to reach me)
  • chn2906(at)rit.edu

  • Physical mailing address:
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
    Center for Detectors
    Engineering Hall, Room 3173
    74 Lomb Memorial Drive
    Rochester, New York 14623

  • Follow me on Twitter @cosmo_chn


  • Nov 18, 2019: CIBER-2 featured on RIT University News [Read more...]
  • Aug 18, 2017: Nguyen featured on Rochester Business Journal [Read more...]
  • Aug 17, 2017: Nguyen featured on RIT University News [Read more...]
  • Aug 29, 2016: CSTARS team featured on ENGINEERING.com [Read more...]
  • Apr 13, 2017: Cosmic Optical Background research featured on Forbes [Read more...]
  • Apr 11, 2017: Cosmic Optical Background research highlighted on RIT University News [Read more...]
  • Aug 10, 2016: CSTARS team featured on RIT University News [Read more...]