Michael Lam

Michael Lam

Assistant professor of physics, Rochester Institute of Technology + Reddit's AskScience, Rochester, N.Y.

I am an astronomer working as a member of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav). Currently I'm a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I received a B.A. in astronomy-physics and computer science from Colgate University, received an M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from Cornell University, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at West Virginia University before moving to RIT.

Besides research, I am actively involved in public outreach, both inside and outside of our collaboration. My main outreach focus is as part of AskScience, where I coordinate the "Ask Me Anything" (AMA) series on Reddit, in which we bring scientists and the public directly together for Q&A sessions. I started as a panelist with the group, where I would provide answers to questions given my realm of expertise, and in 2015 decided to revive the series.

In my free time, I enjoy running, reading and playing with the best beagle there is.

Twitter: @astromlam
Email: astromlam@gmail.com