I am currently collaborating with NASA/STScI on an infrared multi-object spectrograph to be installed at the MMT Observatory on Mount Hopkins. To manage the large amount of data from multi-object spectroscopy, I am also developing an automated data-reduction pipeline that can be generalized to LBT/MODS and MMT/Hectospec spectra. My science goals include identifying and studying Luminous Blue Variable (LBV) stars, rare and massive evolved objects that are characterized by dramatic changes in brightness.
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