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.

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.

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. 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.

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

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.

A photo of Yao-Yuan Mao, seen on PBS