Alumni Trailblazer Award

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Dr. B. Scott Gaudi is an internationally acclaimed astronomer who has been involved with the discovery of nearly two dozen extrasolar planets. In 2008, Dr. Gaudi received worldwide media attention for leading a team of 69 international astronomers in the discovery of a “scaled-down” Solar System. This discovery, published in the journal Science, implies that Solar Systems similar to ours might be common throughout the Galaxy. Dr. Gaudi is an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State University. He was awarded the Helen B. Warner Prize for “significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy” by the American Astronomical Society and was named one of the “10 Rising Stars of Astronomy” by Astronomy Magazine. In 2011, Dr. Gaudi received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor given by the U.S. Government for science and engineering professionals in their early research careers. He also earned a National Science Foundation Early Career Development Grant in 2011, a highly-coveted award intended to propel outstanding young scientists by supporting academic research and outreach endeavors.

Dr. Gaudi has been an advocate of IMSA, providing media interviews and serving in a strategic advisory capacity. He credits his IMSA experience for giving him the “conviction” to reach for the stars, and he returned to Illinois in 2009 to share his love of science and the joys of discovery during two lectures at IMSA and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in 2009. Dr. Gaudi was a recipient of the IMSA Alumni Distinguished Leadership Award in 2007. Dr. Gaudi has a B.S. in astrophysics from Michigan State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from Ohio State University.

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