New Mexico Tech undergraduate student, Kelsey Miller was recently accepted into the Ph.D. program at the College of Optics Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, Ms. Miller came to New Mexico Tech as an Astrophysics major at the Physics Department in August 2008 and joined MRO in September 2011. She was a recipient of the NMT Silver Scholarship and is due to finish her B.S. in May 2012.
While at MRO Ms. Miller worked on modeling an aberrated atmosphere in ZEMAX and analyzing the output in Matlab. Her results will help inform the design of the MRO countinuous alignment system, BEASST (Back End Active Stabilization of Shear and Tilt) for the Interferometer project.
After her graduation in May, Ms. Miller will be departing MRO. She is intending to study adaptive optics and astronomical instrumentation as part of her Ph.D. dissertation.