Yao-Yuan Mao

PITT PACC Langley Fellow
Yao-Yuan Mao | PITT PACC Langley Fellow | yymao.github.io

About Yao-Yuan Mao

Here's my Curriculum Vitae.

Currently I am a Samuel P. Langley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Pittsburgh Particle Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology Center (PITT PACC) at the University of Pittsburgh. I co-organize the Pitt-CMU Astro Lunch seminars.

In September 2019, I will start as an Einstein Fellow of the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program at Rutgers University.

I am the Council Chair and a former Hack/Sprint Coordinator of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC).

I received my Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University in 2016. At Stanford, I was a Weiland Family Stanford Graduate Fellow and a Paul Giddings KIPAC Fellow. My thesis advisor was Risa Wechsler.

I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. I received my B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University in 2009.

My research interests surround the connection between visible galaxies and dark matter halos. In particular, I employ numerical simulations, empirical models, and statistical methods to provide observable predictions, compare them with observational datasets, and quantify the influence of the galaxy–halo connection on our understanding of cosmology, nature of dark matter, and galaxy formation physics.

I care about inclusion and equity, both in academia and more broadly. I am the current maintainer of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Outlist.

Read more about my research here or see a list of my publications here. I am also an avid programmer; see a list of software tools that I develop here.

Contact me

  • Email: yymao.astro@gmail.com
  • Office: Room 304, Allen Hall
  • Mailing address: 3941 O'Hara St, 100 Allen Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

My name

My name is written as 茅耀元 in Traditional Chinese; the first character is my last name Mao.

You can just call me Yao. However, Yuan is NOT my middle name. Yao-Yuan as a whole is my first name, with the hyphen indicating there are two characters. My name should be abbreviated as Y.-Y. Mao.

How to pronounce my name?

  • Each character of my name is monosyllabic.
  • Yao starts as in yard and ends as in cow, with the falling (4th) tone.
  • Yuan starts with the ü sound, like über in German or lune in French (similar to few in English but with rounded lips), and it ends as in Ben, with the rising (2nd) tone.
  • Mao has the same vowels as in Yao, but with the rising (2nd) tone.
  • Listen to the pronunciation of my name with Google Translate.

A snapshot of myself

This snapshot of myself was captured in "Science Bytes Episode 5: Dark Matters" on PBS.

A photo of Yao-Yuan Mao, seen on PBS