Fall 2018: AST111 “Introduction of Solar Systems Astronomy
Class: MWF | 9:40-10:30 a.m. | ISTB4185
History, properties of light, instruments, study of solar system and nearby stars.

Spring 2018: SES494/SES598 “Stardust in Meteorites
Class: F | 10:45-11:45 a.m. | PSH 450
Our solar system did not form from a well-mixed, homogenized gaseous reservoir but contains variable amounts of supernova ejecta and circumstellar materials, which can be identified in meteorites. This hybrid lecture-seminar course will involve a discussion of stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, with an emphasis on understanding the isotopic compositions of nucleosynthetic remnants. We will explore the nature of nucleosynthetic reactions that occurs in stars, and how this affects the compositions of the regions where grains condense. This course will focus on dust grains that condense in the atmospheres of Red Giant and Asymptotic Giant Branch stars as well as Supernova and Nova explosions. The isotopes of interest for each week will be based on an assigned paper.Srping 2018 logo

Fall 2017: SES494/SES598 “Water in the Solar System
Class: MWF | 10:45-11:35 a.m. | PSH 450
This course will follow NASA’s prior Mars exploration strategy ‘Follow the Water’, and examine the state of knowledge about water and hydrogen isotope fractionation in planets and small planetary bodies in our Solar System. The course seeks to use the distribution of water and hydrogen isotopes as a tracer that provides clues to conditions, events, and physical processes during and subsequent to the formation of planets. The course will focus on the laboratory measurements in samples from Earth, Mars, moon, comets and asteroids including Vesta. Comparisons to remote-sensing observations of water-bearing minerals in these planetary bodies as well as others, such as Ceres, Europa, and Enceladus will also be undertaken.
Water in the Solar System Fall 2017 flyer

Scientific Advisor to Bellaire High School, TX 2015-2016
Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program (NASA)
Team of 2015-16: Team led by Michelle Tang, now at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Project Title – Approximation of Asteroid Family Ages

Scientific Advisor to Bellaire High School, TX 2014-2015
Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program (NASA)
Team of 2014-15 won the ExMASS award among 11 teams: Team led by Jennifer Wang, now at Wellesley College
Project Title – To search for correlations in the orbital and chemical/mineralogic compositions of asteroids in the 5:2 Kirkwood gap between Jupiter and Mars

Teaching Faculty, Department of Physics
Fergusson College, University of Pune Pune, India
Aug 2003-May 2004
Courses: Classical Mechanics & Quantum Mechanics