Dr. Andrew Vanderburg is an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on studying exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars other than the Sun. Eventually, he hopes to help answer questions like "Are the planets orbiting other stars throughout the galaxy anything like the worlds in our Solar system?" and "Could any of these planets be hospitable to life like Earth?" Andrew received a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in 2013 and a PhD from Harvard University in 2017.
Dr. Jessie Christiansen is an astrophysicist with the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech, where she searches for, characterizes and catalogues planets orbiting other stars. In 2018 she was awarded the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for her role with the successful NASA Kepler Mission, which discovered thousands of exoplanets and revealed that rocky planets are common throughout the galaxy. She now works on the NASA Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to find the nearest planetary systems to Earth – systems that will be ripe for further study with the next generation of ground- and space-based telescopes.