About Yao-Yuan Mao
Here's my Curriculum Vitae.
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) of the University of Pittsburgh. I co-organize the Pitt-CMU Astro Lunch seminars.
I am the Hack/Sprint Coordinator and a member of the Collaboration Council of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration.
I received my Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 2016. When I was at Stanford, I was a Weiland Family Stanford Graduate Fellow and a Paul Giddings KIPAC Fellow. My thesis advisor was Risa Wechsler.
My research interests include dark matter, galaxy formation, and cosmology. I am particularly interested in the structure and distribution of dark matter, and their connection to visible galaxies, including dwarf galaxies.
I care about inclusion and equity, both in academia and more broadly.
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. But note that 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.