• Email: chnguyen(at)caltech.edu

  • Physical mailing address:
  • California Institute of Technology
    1200 E. California Blvd MC 367-17
    Pasadena, California 91125

  • ORCID: 0000-0001-9368-3186
  • CV in PDF format


  • Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST) 2021
  • The Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.
    Advisor: Prof. Michael Zemcov.
    Dissertation: The Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiments (CIBER): Probing Large-Scale Structure Formation Using Near-Infrared Sounding Rocket Payloads

  • B.Sc. with Honors in Astronomy 2015, Magna Cum Laude
  • The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
    Advisor: Prof. Daniel Marrone.
    Thesis: Receiver Selection and Calibration Unit for Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) -- South Pole Telescope (SPT) (RESCUES).

  • Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate in Physics 2021 -- Present
    The California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
    • Calibrate and characterize the SPHEREx telescope and focal plane assembly.
    • Analyze the noise properties of H2RG detectors for CIBER-2 and SPHEREx.
    • Improve the performance of CIBER-2 flight electronics and mentor graduate students working on the project.
  • Graduate Research Assistant 2016 - 2021, Temporary Postdoc (Summer 2021)
  • The Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    • Designed, integrated, and characterized CIBER-2 payload and detectors.
    • Built software to control ground equipment and livestream telemetered data.
    • Developed reduction pipeline for CIBER-2 and noise models of CIBER-1.

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in Physics and Astronomy Courses 2015 - 2016
  • The Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

  • Telescope Operator 2013 Feb - 2015 May
  • The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant 2012 May - 2015 May
  • Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    • Designed a mirror mount and a calibration system for the Event Horizon Telescope station at the South Pole, as a part of the project to produce the first image of a black hole.
    • Reduced exoplanet transit light curves from space/ground-based observations.
    • Studied ultrasonic wave diagnostic in non-destructive structural monitoring.


    • The Rochester Institute of Technology Legacy Leaders Award
    • Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, 2020 - Shared with the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration
    • NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship, 2017 - 2020
    • Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award, The American Astronomical Society, 2018
    • Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award for Astronomy Majors, 2015
    • Galileo Circle Scholarship, 2013
    • Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory Scholarships, 2012 - 2015
    • Honors College Research Grant, 2012 - 2013
    • International Tuition Award, 2011 - 2015
    • Dean's List, 2011 - 2014

    • Analytical: Fourier analysis, time-stream and image-space reduction & calibration.
    • Programming: Python, Matlab, C/C++, Qt/PyQt, GNU Bash, IDL, HTML/CSS, Unix/Linux.
    • Software: SolidWorks/Autodesk Inventor; familiar with rocket telemetry data protocol.
    • Experienced in designing & operating cryogenic instruments, automating hardware operation, developing lab apparatus & safety procedure, handling detectors.
    • Experienced in mentoring a team of interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate students.

    • AST Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Working Group, 2020 - Present
    • Astronomy Ambassador, The American Astronomical Society (AAS), 2019 - Present
    • RIT College of Science Student Advisory Board, 2018 - Present
    • RIT Graduate Student Advisory Council, 2017 - Present (co-chair in 2018-2019)
    • RIT Women in Science Volunteer, 2016 - Present
    • RIT COVID-19 Community Readiness Review Committee, 2020
    • 12th Great Lakes Cosmology Workshop Local Organizing Committee, 2019
    • Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics Local Organizing Committee, 2017
    • University of Arizona Physics Outreach Discovery Team, 2014 - 2015
    • University of Arizona Astronomy Club, 2012 - 2015
    • Tucson Women in Astronomy, 2012 - 2015
    • Summer Engineering Workshop Volunteer, The University of Arizona, 2012 - 2014
    • Global Ambassador/Peer Integrator, The University of Arizona, 2012 - 2013

    • 2021: RIT University Magazine featuring CIBER-2 launch with retweet from former astronaut Buzz Aldrin (page 12 - 15) [Read more...]
    • 2021: NASA press release for CIBER-2 launch [Read more...]
    • 2019: RIT University News featuring CIBER-2 payload [Read more...]
    • 2018: Afternoon Astronomy Hangout on \textit{New Horizons} study (live chat and discussion on YouTube) [Read more...]
    • 2017: Forbes article on \textit{New Horizons} study [Read more...]
    • 2017: Rochester Business Journal on NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship win [Read more...]
    • 2017: RIT University News on NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship win [Read more...]

    Invited Zoom seminars on the CIBER-2 project:
    • Space Engineering International Course Guest Lecture, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan, 2021.
    • Observational Cosmology Seminar, The California Institute of Technology, 2021.
    • Astro/Space Seminar, University of Iowa, 2020.

    • "Probing Structure Formation with the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment 2 (CIBER-2)," NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship - Astrophysics Division Forum, The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society (2019). Invited Talk.
    • "Integration and Instrument Characterization of the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment 2 (CIBER-2)," SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation (2018). Poster.
    • "The Science and Prospect of Astrophysical Observations with New Horizons," The 231st Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, Washington DC (2018). Poster.
    • "Cosmic Background Infrared ExpeRiment 2: Probing Structure Formation with Near Infrared Fluctuations." The Fall Meeting of the Astronomical Society of New York (2017). "Oral Presentation.