Elena D'Onghia

Associate Professor

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Ph: (608) 263-4622
Office: 3504 Sterling Hall

Research Interests:

My research combines unique analytic models and high-resolution numerical simulations to get new insights into the dynamical processes that form the stellar skeleton of our Galaxy. While the study of our Solar System is captivating, I am more interested in what happens outside of it. There are 300 billion stars in our Milky Way. Thanks to the GAIA satellite launched in 2013, for the first time in human history, we will know for 1 billion of those stars their location, distance from us, proper motions and in some cases whether they have planets around them. In a future when we might become a space-faring civilization, I believe it is inspiring to have a detailed knowledge of the environment outside of the Solar System.

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2018-2019    Visiting Scholar at CCA, Flatiron Institute, NYC
2018-2019    Visting Scholar at Harvard University
2018-2020    Vilas Associate Professor Research Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2018             Stromlo Distinguished Visiting Professor, Canberra, Australia (November)
2018             Jesus Sierra Foundation Visiting Professor, IAC, Tenerife (June 1 – Aug. 31)
2017             Visiting Scholar at CCA, Flatiron Institute, NYC (Sept 1-Dec 31)
2016             SFB Scholarship, University of Heidelberg
2014             Madison Teaching Learning Excellence Fellow, UW-Madison
2013-2017     Alfred P. Sloan Reserach Fellow
2013             Kavli Fellow Frontiers of Science,
                    National Academy of Science and Kavli Foundation
2013             First Kavli-Israel Fellow Frontiers of Science,
                    National Academy of Science and Kavli Foundation
2009-2012    Keck Fellowship, Institute for Theory and Computation-Harvard University
2007-2008    Marie Slokowska-Curie Fellow, University of Zurich 

2005-2006    Research Fellowship, Max-Planck Institute MPE/Munich Observatory

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