Carolyn Peruta joined the E/PO group at Sonoma State in May of 2013 as an Education Support Scientist. Carolyn has a long history with education and public outreach in astronomy. She worked with NOAO from 2003 to 2006 developing the Hands-On-Optics program, designing the MESA Telescope Competition, running a summer camp through GEAR UP , and kick-starting a partnership between NOAO and several local Boys & Girls Clubs. Once in Michigan, she went on to teach a summer program in astronomy through Dimensions for gifted and talented middle school students from around the district.
Carolyn earned a BS in both physics and astronomy at the University of Arizona before going on to Michigan State University for graduate school. There she completed her MS and PhD under the guidance of Dr. Brian O’Shea and Dr. Timothy Beers. As a member of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics and the Astronomy & Astrophysics Group at MSU, she focused on created detailed models of star formation and feedback in hydrodynamic cosmological simulations using Enzo. Additionally she served as the Mentoring Chair for Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences, WaMPS, bringing together graduate students and undergraduates in physics, astronomy, and nuclear chemistry.
For fun, Carolyn plays volleyball and ferociously kicks/punches imaginary foes at the local gym. In her down time she is an avid LEGO collector and action RPG video gamer. Now that an entire continent separates her two cats, she is attempting to teach the furry ones to video chat. It’s a monumental challenge!