Edward A. Ajhar, PhD
Associate Professor of Physics
Faculty member since 2004
Carnival Building, Room 121
Edward A. Ajhar received SB (1986) and PhD (1992) degrees in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Master of Music degree (1997) in Performance (Conducting) from The University of Arizona. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory from 1992 to 2000, and he served on the Hubble Space Telescope Wide-Field and Planetary Camera team (1992--97). From 1999 to 2004, he was a Visiting Scientist and Lecturer in the Physics Department of the University of Miami. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Physics at St. Thomas University in Miami in 2004. Dr. Ajhar next served as Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences from 2005 to 2007, and he served as Interim Dean of the School of Science, Technology, and Engineering Management from 2007 to 2010 and advanced to Associate Professor of Physics. In January 2011, Dr. Ajhar began a special assignment at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Astronomical Sciences as Program Director for Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology Research Grants and for the Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Research and Scholarly Activities
Dr. Ajhar's primary research interests are in astrophysics and astronomy, specifically in the areas of cosmology, the distance scale, and the large-scale structure and flows of the Universe; the structure, evolution, and stellar populations of galaxies; black holes in galaxies; globular clusters and globular cluster systems; and image analysis and processing.