April 2012Matt Povich has accepted an offer to join the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Cal Poly Pomona as an Assistant Professor. Matt is currently an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State University. Along with Alex Rudolph, Matt will support the strong and growing Astronomy Program within the department. In addition, Matt will become the Associate Director of CAMPARE (California-Arizona Minority Partnership for Astronomy Research and Education), an NSF-funded program providing research experiences in Astronomy at the University of Arizona Steward Observatory, the SETI Institute, and JPL for undergraduates at Cal Poly Pomona and other Southern California universities and community colleges. Matt will begin teaching at Cal Poly Pomona in the fall.
Matt is an observational astronomer, whose work uses multiwavelength (X-ray/IR/radio) observations and modeling to study the star formation histories of young, massive open clustersand dense molecular clouds in the Milky Way Galaxy. Matt received his A.B. in Astronomy from Harvard in 2000, following which he joined the Peace Corps where he taught math and physics for two years in Moshi, Tanzania. Matt received his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2009.
Matt has published numerous articles in the Astrophysical Journal and other leading Astronomy and Astrophysics journals. He has also developed a novel approach for integrating research, teaching, and public outreach through the MilkyWay Project, a new installment in the popular Zooniverse online "citizen science" projects. Matt's work has been highlighted in numerous press releases, including a recent press release and featured photo for NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory.
Please join us in welcoming Matt to our department!