The Astronomy Group at Florida Tech is concerned with observational and theoretical studies of planets, stars, galaxies, extragalactic jets, and supermassive black holes. Planetary science is the focus of Drs. Neish and Ragozzine. Drs. Batcheldor and Perlman lead the extragalactic effort. Dr. Oluseyi has interests ranging from solar/stellar atmospheres, to cosmology, to CCD device physics. More detailed descriptions of individual faculty member's active research projects can be found under our home page links above or below.
The Olin Physical Sciences Center is topped with the Ortega 0.8-m telescope - the largest research telescope in the state.
Florida Tech is the lead meber of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), which consists of 11 universities primarily in the southeastern United States. SARA has recommissioned a 0.9-m telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona for CCD imaging and photometry. The SARA Observatory is typically accessed and controlled remotely over the Internet. We have recently refurbished a 0.6-m telescope at CTIO in Chile, and are working on a 1.0-m on the Canary Islands.
Summer internships are available through the SARA Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site Program, funded by the National Science Foundation.