Mirek Brandt

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Department of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara


About me

Hello! I am a soon-to-be Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara. My research spans data analysis for exoplanets and software engineering. I co-developed the software pipeline for high precision radial velocities with Las Cumbres Observatory's Network of Robotic Echelle Spectrographs. With NRES, we measure the velocities of stars through the doppler shift, with precision comparable to a brisk jog: 3 meters per second. My work is integral to the daily, automatic calibration of the instruments and the processing of hundreds of science observations each week.

I also measure the motions of stars through the sky by combining data from the Hipparcos and Gaia missions. Relevant publications for both my research avenues can be found in my publications, either through NASA ADS, the ArXiv, or here.

I develop software to accomplish most of my research. I have released python packages to analyze Gaia and Hipparcos data, and a software package to calibrate echelle spectrographs like NRES.

I write fiction and investigate data science questions in my free time, on topics like sports and finance. Check out my data science blog.