Comm2 Interlude: Announcing MagAO’s new Sagan Fellow

We are pleased to announce that our very own Jared Males (VisAO instrument scientist and software engineer) has been awarded a 3-year NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowship by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute to bring his PhD work to the next level.

Jared’s Sagan Fellowship is awarded to continue his work on MagAO, and use the system to look for exoplanets in the habitable zones of nearby stars.

MagAO’s and VisAO’s own Jared Males will begin his Sagan Fellowship next year.

During Jared’s fellowship, he will design and implement sophisticated techniques for imaging exoplanets in the habitable zone of nearby stars, using both MagAO/Clio, MagAO/VisAO, and LBT instrumentation. Read the press release here and here.

Jared will continue at the University of Arizona where he has access to the telescopes and instrumentation he needs for this work. Here is further information about Jared’s project:




It is wonderful for the MagAO project to continue getting this recognition for the great strides our instrument is making in exoplanet research. Congratulations, Jared, and welcome to the Sagan Fellows family!