Elena D'Onghia

Assistant Professor

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Office: 3504 Sterling Hall

Research Interests:

My research combines unique analytic models and high-resolution numerical simulations to get new insights into the dynamical processes that form the stellar skeleton of our Galaxy. While the study of our Solar System is captivating, I am more interested in what happens outside of it. There are 300 billion stars in our Milky Way. Thanks to the GAIA satellite launched in 2013, for the first time in human history, we will know for 1 billion of those stars their location, distance from us, proper motions and in some cases whether they have planets around them. In a future when we might become a space-faring civilization, I believe it is inspiring to have a detailed knowledge of the environment outside of the Solar System.

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2016  SFB Reserach Fellow, Astronomishen Richen-Institute (ARI), Heidelberg, Germany

2014  Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence Fellow 

2013-2015  Alfred P. Sloan Fellow

2013  US Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow

2009-2012  Keck Foundation Fellow, Harvard Observatory

2007-2009  Marie Curie Fellow, University of Zurich

2004-2006 Research Fellow at the LMU/Observatory/MPE, Munich, Germany

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