What is your position or role in the DESI project?
I am a PhD student working with my supervisor Lado Samushia from Kansas state university mainly involved in Galaxy & quasar clustering working group.
Where were you born and where do you live now?
I was born in Beijing, spent my college time at Nanjing and now live in Manhattan, Kansas. Of course I feel most at home in Beijing but I am getting used to life in this peaceful and friendly small town in the Midwest.
What are the interesting places that standout that your work has taken you to?
Before starting graduate school, I got a chance to travel to Canary island, which is in the Atlantic Ocean, for a cosmology summer school. The night there is so dark and mysterious. I grew up in a big city and I have never seen such a clear but starry sky. I am looking forward to visiting Kitt Peak through a DESI related trip someday.
What would you say is the most interesting or exciting thing about your job?
As a DESI member, I have the opportunity to work with top groups from all over the world and it’s really exciting to see effort from collaboration members pushing the project forward. Personally, I enjoy extracting physics information for huge datasets. There are different ways to analyze DESI data and you can always find something new. It is interesting to gradually unveil the mystery of the universe.
Any advice for aspiring scientists?
Find your research interest, keep moving forward and learn coding.
Finally, what do you do for fun?
I used to play piano but I don’t have one here. I do photography, hiking and gaming. Dota2 will be a good topic but not League of Legends.