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Featured Undergraduate Alumni

Andrew Bundas

Class of 2016

Andrew started at MSU as an undergraduate in astrophysics in Fall of 2012 and instantly fell in love with the program. He worked on a few research projects during his time at MSU, but primarily worked with Professor Laura Chomiuk studying low-mass X-ray binaries, particularly at radio wavelengths using data from the Very Large Array in New Mexico. He also worked for two years at the Abrams Planetarium as a show presenter and assisted in the programming of a few shows. At MSU, he discovered his love of being an educator. Andrew is currently a Planetarium Educator at Liberty Science Center.

Ed Buie

Class of 2016

While at MSU, Ed worked with Laura Chomiuk on observations of Cepheid variable stars and with Mark Voit on galaxy cluster projections. He was involved in the Astronomy club, which sponsored talks with professors, observatory trips, and rooftop grilling sessions. Ed received his PhD at Arizona State University and is now an Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College.

Nathan Sanders

Class of 2010

Nathan Sanders leads the Quantitative Team at Legendary Pictures, a Hollywood entertainment company best known for its films like Dark Knight, Godzilla, and Interstellar.  The Quantitative Team brings diverse experience in physical, computational, and social sciences to Legendary's Boston-based Applied Analytics division.  They build novel statistical models, identify first-of-their-kind applications of machine learning methodologies, and design scientifically rigorous experiments and surveys that enable remarkable inferences and predictions about consumers in the entertainment industry and beyond.  At Michigan State, Nathan was a Physics and Astrophysics major who worked with Steve Zepf on IR observations of extragalactic globular clusters, with Ed Loh on the development of the Spartan IR Camera, and with Michael Velbel on microscopy of comet samples returned from the NASA Stardust mission.  He did his doctoral work on Bayesian statistical modeling of core-collapse supernova populations with Alicia Soderberg at Harvard University.

Carolyn Wendeln

Class of 2016

While at MSU, Carolyn worked with Laura Chomiuk on classical novae. She presented her work at the January 2015 meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). After receiving an MS in Heliophysics from the University of Michigan and working as an Optical Engineer, Carolyn returned to MSU as a doctoral student in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering.