Meet our ETS Team for 2018-19

Benjamin George


I completed my BSc. from the University of Calgary in astrophysics, and am currently working on completing my masters in astronomy at Western. My research focuses on small cold stars with the intent of supporting exoplanet searches, because honestly that's probably the coolest thing you can do. Planetary and solar system formation are also an interest of mine.

Shannon Hicks


My name is Shannon Hicks and I’m a 4th year PhD student at the University of Western Ontario. I study water vapour trends in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere using laser-radars (lidar). I've also studied Saturn's Rings while working at the SETI Institute for year, the physical properties of Brown Dwarf stars, and dabbled in searching for comets. I enjoy combining my experiences in astronomy research with my work here on Earth. When I’m not working on my research I’m learning aikido, hiking, or reading fantasy and science fiction novels. I am a firm believer in science literacy and think it is extremely important that everyone have a good science foundation, no matter what field of work they continue in.  

Viraja Khatu


Viraja Khatu is a PhD student in Astronomy and Planetary Science working with Prof. Sarah Gallagher. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Astronomical Sciences from the University of Toronto Mississauga, and a Master of Science Degree in Astronomy at The University of Western Ontario. Her research involves studying the growing supermassive black holes, known as "quasars", at the centres of massive galaxies. She uses spectroscopy and time-domain analysis to understand the structure of accretion disks in quasars, and the energetic gas outflows in them.

Hadi Papei


Hadi Papei is an Astronomy Ph.D. student working on star formation history of galaxies under the supervision of Dr. Pauline Barmby. Hadi completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at Kharazmi University in Iran and his master degrees in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the US.