Curriculum Vitae


Education

Current
PhD Candidate, Astronomy
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

2019
BSc, Honours Physics and Astronomy Co-op
English Language and Literature Minor
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

2014
International Baccalaureate Diploma, 45/45
Charlottetown Rural High School, Charlottetown, PE

Publications

  1. Pass, E., Cowan, N., Cubillos, P., and Sklar, J. Estimating dayside effective temperatures of hot Jupiters and associated uncertainties through Gaussian process regression. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 489, Issue 1, Oct. 2019 (arXiv:1908.02631).
  2. Miller, T., Chapman, S., Aravena, M., [and 35 others, including Pass, E.] A massive core for a cluster of galaxies at a redshift of 4.3. Nature, Volume 556, Issue 7702, Apr. 2018 (arXiv:1804.09231).
  3. Pass, E., Metchev, S., Brown, P., and Beauchemin, S. Pipeline for the Detection of Serendipitous Stellar Occultations by Kuiper Belt Objects with the Colibri Fast-Photometry Array. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 130, Issue 983, Jan. 2018 (arXiv:1711.00358).

Presentations

  1. Pass, E., Metchev, S., Miles-Páez, P., and Tannock, M. Fundamental properties of ultracool dwarfs from archival high-resolution spectra. Other Worlds Laboratory Exoplanet Summer Program, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA. Oral presentation, June 2019.
  2. Pass, E., Balogh, M., and the CASTOR Galaxies Science Working Group. Simulating galaxy studies with CASTOR, the proposed Canadian space telescope. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society / Société Canadienne d'Astronomie (CASCA), McGill University, Montreal, QC. Poster presentation, June 2019.
  3. Pass, E., Chapman, S., and SPT Collaboration. Investigating the SPT Unlensed Sample. New Technologies for Canadian Observatories (NTCO) CREATE Annual General Meeting, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. Poster presentation, Dec. 2017.
  4. Pass, E. SPT Unlensed Protoclusters: A Window into the Early Universe. EAO Office, Hilo, HI. Oral presentation, Nov. 2017.
  5. Pass, E., Metchev, S., Brown, P., and Beauchemin, S. The Colibri Fast-Photometry Array for the Detection of Serendipitous Stellar Occultations by Kuiper Belt Objects. CASCA, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB. Poster presentation, May 2017.
  6. Pass, E., Metchev, S., Brown, P., Gill, J., Krzeminski, Z., and Beauchemin, S. High Performance Computing in Astronomical Data Analysis: Designing a Data Pipeline for Real-Time Kuiper Belt Object Detection. Fallona Interdisciplinary Research Showcase, Western University, London, ON. Poster presentation, Jan. 2017.

Other Invited Speaking

  1. Interview on Fresh Air (CBC Radio), Aug. 2019
  2. Schulich Leaders National Conference (SLXCA), Sept. 2018.
  3. Shad Valley McGill, Jul. 2018.
  4. University of Waterloo Science Awards Reception, Mar. 2015.
  5. University of Waterloo President's Reception, Oct. 2014.

Research Awards

Sept 2019 - Aug 2022
James Mills Peirce Fellowship, Harvard University
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA

Sept 2019
Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's (declined), NSERC
Western University, London, ON

May 2019 - Aug 2019
Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC
Western University, London, ON

May 2018 - Aug 2018
Trottier Excellence Grant, Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx)
McGill University, Montreal, QC

May 2018 - Aug 2018
Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC
McGill University, Montreal, QC

Sept 2017 - Dec 2017
New Technologies for Canadian Observatories (NTCO) CREATE Trainee, Astronomy Research Centre (ARC)
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

Jan 2017 - Apr 2017
Undergraduate Student Research Award, NSERC
Western University, London, ON

Sept 2016 - Dec 2016
CPSX Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Award, Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration
Western University, London, ON

Other Awards

June 2019
President's Award of Excellence
Awarded to the graduating student with the top academic standing in the Faculty of Science
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Mar 2019
Award in American Literature and Culture
Awarded for the year's outstanding essay in American Literature
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Nov 2018
I.R. Dagg Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to an upper-year physics student who has demonstrated leadership qualities through participation in extracurricular activities
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Mar 2018
National Co-op Student of the Year
Awarded to the top co-op student in Canada
Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada, Toronto, ON

Mar 2018
Provincial Co-op Student of the Year
Awarded to the top co-op student in Ontario
Education at Work Ontario, Toronto, ON

Jan 2018
Co-op Student of the Year - Science Faculty
Awarded to the top co-op student in the science faculty at the University of Waterloo
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

July 2017
Xerox Canada Co-op Work Term Report Award
Awarded for the best physics work term report
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Nov 2016
J.A. Cowan Book Prize for Optics
Awarded to the student with the highest grade in optics
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Sept 2014
President's Scholarship of Distinction
Awarded for a 95%+ admission average
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

July 2014
Governor General's Academic Medal
Awarded to the graduating student with the top academic standing
Charlottetown Rural High School, Charlottetown, PE

May 2014
Schulich Leader Scholarship
$60,000 scholarship awarded for academic excellence and extracurricular leadership
The Schulich Foundation, Toronto, ON

Research Experience

May 2019 - Aug 2019
Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Western University, London, ON

Sept 2018 - Apr 2019
Fourth-Year Research Project, Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

May 2018 - Aug 2018
Research Assistant, McGill Space Institute
McGill University, Montreal, QC

Sept 2017 - Dec 2017
Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Sept 2016 - Aug 2017
Research Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Western University, London, ON

July 2013
Student Researcher, Students on the Beamline
Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, SK

Teaching Experience

Sept 2015 - Dec 2015
Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry
Course: CHEM 120L
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Industry Experience

Jan 2016 - Apr 2016
Quality Assurance Developer
Validus Research Inc, Waterloo, ON

Volunteer Experience & Outreach

Sept 2019 -
Session Leader
Harvard Observing Project, Cambridge, MA

May 2017 - Aug 2017, Jan 2019 - Apr 2019
President
Sept 2014 - Dec 2018
Communications Manager
Waterloo Space Society, Waterloo, ON

May 2018 - Aug 2018
Astronomy Outreach Volunteer
Astro McGill, Montreal, QC

Sept 2017 - Dec 2017
Innovation Assistant
Discovery Centre, Halifax, NS

Sept 2016 - Nov 2016
Science Writer
Article: Searching for exoplanets around the star next door
CurioCity, London, ON

May 2016 - Aug 2016
Outreach Volunteer
Let's Talk Science, Waterloo, ON

Languages

English, native
French, fluent - Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) B2

Technical Skills

Programming:
Python, C++, MATLAB, HTML/CSS, SQL, Excel VBA

Astronomical data processing:
Source Extractor, IRAF, CASA, DS9, GMMPS

Additional:
Linux/Unix, parallel processing, regression testing, machine learning