Stefano Meschiari is a W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at UT Austin. He was born and raised in Modena (Italy), land of balsamic vinegar, Ferraris, and opera singers. He received a B.S. from the University of Bologna (the oldest university in the world!), and earned a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012.
His research focuses on the detection and characterization of exoplanets and the formation of planets in perturbed environments, such as close to binary stars. He also enjoys building tools to make exoplanetary science more accessible to the general public; he co-discovered four exoplanets in collaboration with a community of online enthusiasts.
Stefano writes a blog about extrasolar planets and scientific computing at http://www.stefanom.org/blog.