Mario Andres Hamuy
Class of 2019-20
Vice President and Head of Mission
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Observatory
Hamuy spearheaded the Calan/Tololo Supernova Survey that established the use of supernovas to measure distances into the far universe, leading to the discovery of the accelerated expansion of the universe. He helped establish the nation’s Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation. He received the Chilean Presidential National Medal for Exact Sciences and the World Academy of Science Prize in Earth Science, Space, and Astronomy. He is an honorary member of the American Astronomical Society and was elected vice president of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. He is the chairman of the Chile National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT). Hamuy will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Science.