• Email: 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

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


  • Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology (AST) Expected 2021
  • The Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Advisor: Prof. Michael Zemcov.

  • B.Sc. with Honors in Astronomy 2015, Magna Cum Laude
  • The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Advisor: Prof. Daniel Marrone.

  • Graduate Research Assistant 2016 - Present
  • 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.

  • CIBER-2 Visiting Student Researcher Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Spring 2019
  • The California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

  • 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 thermal calibration system for a radio cryostat.
    • Reduced exoplanet transit light curves from Kepler, ground-based observations.% using IRAF/PyRAF and IDL.
    Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
    • Studied ultrasonic wave diagnostic in non-destructive structural monitoring.


  • 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: Matlab, C/C++, Qt, Python, 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

  • "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). 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.
  • "Receiver Selection and Calibration Units for EHT-SPT (RESCUES)," The University of Arizona Department of Astronomy Senior Symposium. Talk.


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