Erick Aguirre

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BS Physics, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, 2020

Master of Science - MS, Astronomy, San Diego State University, 2021


Hi there! I am a second-year Astronomy PhD student at New Mexico State University. At the moment, I am working as a graduate research assistant using Integral Field Spectroscopy to study gas flows and their effects on galaxy evolution. To analyze the gas velocities, I use the DAP (Data Analysis Pipeline).

Before that, I was involved in a full year of research studying high-mass X-ray binary systems (HMXBs) and their relationship with star formation rates, which I worked on during my time at Cal Poly Pomona. This research involved analyzing data from Hubble, MaNGA, Chandra, Gaia, and Spitzer, and refining the X-ray Luminosity-Star Formation Rate relationship. I also developed an aperture photometry algorithm to study star-formation rates around High-Mass X-ray Binary systems.

Throughout my academic and professional career, I have gained experience with several tools and techniques, such as using the Unix command line and programming in Python. I have also served as a graduate representative of the Diversity and Inclusion committee at SDSU, and in the past, I worked as a math and science tutor, teaching middle-school students algebra, conducting science activities, and creating and implementing math exams to determine progress.

In addition, I was a Cal-Bridge scholar for the past two years and a CAMPARE scholar during the summer of 2019. I also presented my undergraduate research at the American Astronomical Society (AAS) for their 235th national conference. Overall, I am passionate about astronomy and am excited to continue exploring this field through research and collaboration with other scholars in the community.