Yao-Yuan Mao

PITT PACC Langley Fellow

About Yao-Yuan Mao

Here's my Curriculum Vitae.

I am a Samuel P. Langley Postdoctoral Fellow at PITT PACC, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh.

I received my Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University in 2016, working with my advisor Risa Wechsler. When I was at Stanford, I was a Weiland Family Stanford Graduate Fellow and a Paul Giddings KIPAC Fellow.

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

My research interests include dark matter, galaxy formation, and cosmology. In particular I am interested in modeling the distributions of dark matter and of its structures and understanding the galaxy–halo connection.

Read more about my research here or see a list of my publications here.

Contact me

Email: yymao.astro@gmail.com

Office: Room 304, Allen Hall, 3941 O'Hara St, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

My name

Most people just call me Yao.

In Traditional Chinese, my name is written as 茅耀元, where the first character is my last name Mao.

How to pronunce my name?

  • Each character of my name is monosyllabic.
  • Yao starts as in yard and ends as in cow.
  • Yuan starts with the ü sound, like über in German or lune in French. It is somewhat similar to few in English (but with rounded lips). Yuan ends as in Ben.
  • Mao has the same vowels as in Yao, ending as in cow.
  • 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