Alberto Bolatto

Alberto_Bolatto Advisor: James M. Jackson
PhD Thesis: The Interstellar Medium in Low Metallicity Environments
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland, College Park

Alberto Bolatto arrived from Uruguay to pursue a Ph.D. as a Presidential Fellow in 1993. Early on he became involved in the Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory project (AST/RO). As a student, he helped build and deploy the radio observatory to the remote Antarctic plateau, under the guidance of his advisor (Jim Jackson), Tom Bania, and Tony Stark, the project PI based at CfA. At the same time he became involved in the design and construction of the South Pole Imaging Fabry-Perot Interferometer (SPIFI), in collaboration with Gordon Stacey at Cornell. Upon graduation Alberto moved to UC Berkeley, first as a postdoc at the Radio Astronomy Lab, then staying as a researcher. During this time he helped build the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA), an interferometer located in California. Since 2007 he is a professor at the University of Maryland at College Park, where he was tenured in 2012. He is a Humboldt Fellow, a Cottrell Scholar, and a NSF CAREER grantee.

Why BU?

“The faculty at Boston University had an open doors policy and a personal level of engagement that is rarely seen. As a student I had more than my share of opportunities to engage in exciting research, and I took on projects with their support and advise. The open doors policy fostered my intellectual curiosity, allowing my personal development as a multidimensional researcher in the field. The chance to hear a wide range of speakers and attend colloquia throughout the Boston area was very important to appreciate the landscape of astronomical research.”