Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego is a multifaceted astronomer, designer and educator with a Ph.D. in astronomy and an M.F.A. in design.
His interdisciplinary background has allowed him to teach graduate and undergraduate courses on subjects as diverse as astronomy, graphic design and interactive media at institutions such as the University of Florida and the University of Miami.
As an astronomer, his main area of research is galaxy formation and evolution over cosmological timescales. In particular, he has looked at the structure, kinematics and stellar populations of galaxies both in the nearby and in the distant universe. The comparative analysis of these populations allows us to describe how galaxies have evolved in the last 12 billion years.
As an educator, he looks at computer simulations as a way to engage, excite, and generate interest in science. He is co-PI of an NSF-funded project that leverages Minecraft as an informal learning environment for young learners to interactively explore the scientific consequences of alternative versions of Earth via “what if?” questions, such as “What if the Earth had no moon?” or “What if the Earth were twice its current size?”
As an artist, he is interested in building bridges between the sciences and the arts to facilitate the understanding of the world within and around us.
His work has been published in international science and art journals and conferences. He has worked for the NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium and Telefónica, has co-founded an award winning design studio and has been featured in both radio and television.