Ben Sugerman

Senior Research Scientist
Pikesville, MD

Education

Ph.D. Columbia University, 2003
B.A. Occidental College, 1996
As an observational and computational astronomer, my research largely focuses on finding, following, and interpreting transient optical and infrared phenomena in stellar explosions, using sophisticated computational-analysis tools, most of which I have custom written. My most recent research topics include searching for optical and mid-infrared light echoes around supernovae, tracking young supernovae for the production or destruction of dust, and studying the circumstellar environments of a variety of late-evolutionary-stage stars.