Emily Hardegree-Ullman
Emily Hardegree-Ullman is an astronomy professor at Colorado State University. She earned her PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she studied the chemical composition of young stellar systems. Emily discovered the fascinating subject of astrobiology while an undergraduate at the University of Arizona. Her prior research includes searching for methane lakes on Titan, investigating the evolution of protoplanetary disks, and observing extrasolar planet transits.
Heather Michalak
Heather Michalak is the Director of the Little Shop of Physics at Colorado State University where she earned her B.S. in Physics. Her interest in astronomy was first sparked by her uncle who showed her Halley’s comet through his telescope. This was the first of many astronomical events which demonstrated the wonder of sharing science through astronomy. Heather feels passionate about sharing sky lore she learned from around this wonderful planet we call home.
Cecilia Dauer
Cecilia is a third-year Physics Education student at CSU, where she is taking a variety of physics courses, including AA 100. Cecilia grew up surrounded by learning physics, and her mom would read her stories from an astronomy book every night until she was 10 years old. Cecilia strives to share her curiosity and fascination with the stars with everyone who stops by the observatory.


Stefania Miranda
Stefania is a second-year Physics student at CSU, where she is immersed in a variety of classes including AA 250: Intro to Astrophysics. Her fascination with the stars and celestial phenomena was ignited during her childhood when she read a children’s science book which introduced her to the mesmerizing enigma of black holes. Now as she embarks on her academic journey, Stefania hopes to not only learn more about the mysteries of the cosmos herself but also share them with everyone who joins us at the observatory!