My name is Stefano Meschiari. I am a W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral astronomer at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, I was a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before still, I was an undergraduate at the University of Bologna (Italy).
Games & Apps
I am currently developing apps and games with a focus on astronomy education. Want to play with one? Super Planet Crash is a browser-based gravity game where players create planetary systems and watch them evolve. More than 11,000,000 games have been played, and it has been featured in articles on various outlets, including The Verge, Huffington Post, io9, Space.com, VICE Motherboard, & others.
I am interested in simulating the evolution of protoplanetary disks, the characterization of extrasolar planets, citizen science-driven projects and hydrodynamical and N-body codes. My academic advisor, Greg Laughlin, and I have collaborated on several such projects. I also maintain the Systemic Console, an application for discovering extrasolar planets, which is used both for outreach and to find and publish new planetary systems.
I married my husband, Daniel, after a more than 8-year-long engagement waiting for DOMA to be repealed. If you’re interested in my story, read this. That’s our sweet dog, Jinx.
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78752
[Office: RLM 15.312]