Brandon Hilliard in a NASA jacket standing next to a sign for the Artemis Program

Hello! I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student researching debris disk dynamics and composition to further investigate the early stages of planet formation and habitability. My physics master’s thesis at California State University, Los Angeles was focused on protoplanetary disk gap structures and how they can be used to estimate protoplanet masses. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the Rockies through off-roading, hiking, and camping. I also enjoy communicating at science outreach events in an effort to further diversify the field of astronomy.