Affiliate Research Scientist
Viviana received her Ph.D from New Mexico Tech in Physics with a dissertation in Astrophysics studying the earliest stages of high-mass star formation. Specifically, she uses interferometers such as the Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to study ionized jets and molecular outflows associated with high-mass protostars. She is part of the SOFIA Massive Star Formation Survey working in collaboration with Prof. Jonathan Tan and she is the leader of the SOMA-radio survey. Currently, she is a research associate at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory working in the next generation VLA project where she is constructing simulations to characterize the performance of the antenna configuration reference design. Viviana enjoys reading, hiking, jig saw puzzles and training dogs to perform new tricks.