Craig Kulesa

Associate Research Professor, Steward Observatory

Member of the Graduate Faculty

Craig Kulesa's main research area is the Galactic interstellar medium, with a special emphasis on the broad understanding of the life cycle of interstellar gas as it relates to star formation. Aspects of this evolutionary cycle include the formation and destruction of molecular clouds and the direct feedback mechanism between stars and gas. To study these processes, he is working on a variety of new infrared and submillimeter instrumentation. He is deputy-PI of both the 'Supercam' 64-beam imaging spectrometer for the SMT, and the balloon-borne Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory. He has also recently deployed a robotic submillimeter-wave telescope to the summit of the Antarctic plateau (HEAT), and is leading upgrades to an infrared imager and echelle spectrometer for the MMT (ARIES).

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Prerequisite Courses

Our group specializes in hands-on instrument and observatory development for space-based, balloon-borne and ground-based observatories in Antarctica. Hands-on mechanical engineering, software engineering, astronomical data processing and visualization are common applications.

Majors Considered

Astronomy, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering

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Start Date

January 2012

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