Dr. Erik Rosolowsky, BA, MA, PhD is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Alberta, where he studies the connections between generations of stars in galaxies and develops new approaches for teaching physics in the university labs and classrooms. Dr. Rosolowsky and his research group develop novel computational tools to compare the data from radio and millimetre wave telescopes to the latest theoretical models in the field.
Dr. Rosolowsky started his career in astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley where he studied the evolution of star-forming clouds of gas in nearby galaxies. He completed postdoctoral research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and then worked as a faculty member at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus prior to joining the University of Alberta faculty in 2013. As a faculty member, he has won multiple awards for excellence in teaching.
He also plays a central role in developing new computing tools and infrastructure to meet the next generation of astronomical data and computing challenges. He is the co-PI of the Canadian Initiative for Radio Astronomy Data Analysis, which is creating solutions for the exascale data and computing challenge required for Canadian participation in a new radio telescope: the Square Kilometre Array. Dr. Rosolowsky oversees multiple software teams that have delivered novel visualization and data analysis tools for national and international observatories. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Astronomical Society and led the astronomical community’s planning process for computational and data needs over the coming decade.