Luke M. Schmidt
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4242
Bethel College North Newton, KS - Physics, Chemistry B.S. - 2003
New Mexico Tech Socorro, NM - Physics M.S. - 2009
New Mexico Tech Socorro, NM - Astrophysics Ph.D. - 2012
2015-Present Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M University
2013-2015 Instrumentation Scientist, Magdalena Ridge Observatory
2012-2013 Postdoctoral Researcher, NESSI spectrograph, New Mexico Tech
2010-2012 NESSI spectrograph project Research Assistant, New Mexico Tech
2006-2010 Physics Lab Teaching Assistant
- Optical design concept for the Giant Magellan Telescope Multi-object Astronomical and Cosmological Spectrograph (GMACS), L. Schmidt, and 12 colleagues, Proc. SPIE 9908, (2016).
- The MROI fringe tracker: laboratory tracking with ICONN, T. M. McCracken, and 10 colleagues including L. Schmidt, Proc. SPIE 9146, (2014).
- A new path to first light for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory interferometer, M. J. Creech-Eakman and 27 colleagues including L. Schmidt, Proc. SPIE 9907 (2016).
- NESSI: an optimized Near-Infrared (NIR) Multi-Object Spectrograph (MOS) for exoplanet studies, M. J. Creech-Eakman and 14 colleagues including L. Schmidt, Proc. SPIE, Volume 8446, (2012).
- Mechanical Design of NESSI: New Mexico Tech Extrasolar Spectroscopic Survey Instrument, F.G. Santoro and 14 colleagues including L. Schmidt, Proc. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, IMECE2011-63928 (2011).
NSF: “Calibrating Astronomical Instruments to Improve the Science Gained from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope” - CoPI
- Instrument Scientist for the Giant Magellan Telescope Multi-Object Astronomical and Cosmological Spectrograph (GMACS).
- Mentor for undergraduate research project to characterize the reflectivity of black and white materials. Materials can be used for instrument stray light control and calibration screens respectively.
- Co-organizer of yearly Astro-Symposium at Texas A&M University
- Marvin Wilkening Award for excellence in experimental physics, 2012.