Alumni: Andrew Puckett, 2007
Assistant Professor, Columbus State University
Andy's research interests lie primarily in the astrometric, photometric, and spectroscopic study of small solar system bodies for the purposes of discovery, orbital refinement, and physical characterization. His focus is on distant bodies (centaurs, transneptunians, and comets), but will study any main belt, near-earth, or trojan asteroid that comes his way. He is part of a team that has used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to discover 44 new objects in the solar system, including five dwarf planet candidates, two of the nine known Neptune trojans, and two of the five known transneptunians with orbits extending beyond 900 AU.
University Of Chicago' Class Of 2007
Ph.D. Thesis: "A Catalog of Slow-Moving Objects Extracted from the SDSS: Compilation and"; Scientific Advisor: Richard G. Kron