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).

Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 5.14.44 PMGames & Apps
I am currently the PI of the SAVE/Point collaboration. We are focused on developing apps and games to improve the state astronomy education.

Want to play with one right away? 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 VergeHuffington,  VICE Motherboard, & others.

The Automated Planet Finder Telescope dome shortly after sunset.My Research
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 am also keenly interested in computer programming and scientific computing. I maintain a few open source projects on GitHub, and sometimes blog about topics in science and computing.

IMG_0889About me
I married my husband, Daniel, after a more than 8-year-long engagement waiting for DOMA to be repealed.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.


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McDonald Observatory
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX 78752
[Office: RLM 15.312]

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