Eric Omelian

Senior Research Associate
Silver Spring, MD

Eric's core interest is in the morphology of oxygen-rich Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars into Planetary Nebulae (PNe), especially those dusty symbiotic stellar systems that produce bipolar planetary nebulae (it is thought that bipolar planetary nebulae evolve from binary systems). Eric utilizes the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) as a research platform to observe dusty symbiotic systems and uses RADMC-3D for radiative transfer modeling to characterize the dust shells of these systems. Eric recently supported the SOFIA Program pipeline science data reduction group at NASA Ames Research Center in California and currently supports various programs at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.