On March 1, Princeton University’s N. Jeremy Kasdin presented, “Finding and Characterizing Earth 2.0: An Engineering and Astronomy Partnership” to an audience of approximately 80 people. Dr. Kasdin is Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (with an affiliated appointment in Astrophysics) and Principal Investigator of Princeton’s interdisciplinary High Contrast Imaging Laboratory.
Professor Kasdin focused his talk on the increasing discoveries of exoplanets. He described techniques and advances in imaging exoplanets, an area that has benefited from a close partnership between engineering and astrophysics. He also shared his own career path, which has included roles both in industry and academia, and talked about supporting students interested in interdisciplinary areas of study.