University of Hawaii at Hilo

Natural Sciences Division

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Derek Hand

B.A. Physics (Dec 2015), B.S. Astronomy (2016)

Clubs organizations:

Member of UAC; President,Secretary, Treasurer of the Space Robotics Club

Where you are now and what you're doing: 

I am currently at the University of Wyoming working on my Masters in physics with an astronomy emphasis. Starting Spring of 2018, I will be working on my PhD at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany under Dr. Professor Manami Sasaki

Areas of specialty:

High Contrast Imaging, Galaxy Evolution, Supernova Remnants

Places you have worked, interned or traveled to for your career: 

Akamai Workforce Development -- Under the direction of Dr. Andreea Petric along with the Hawaii Space Grant Consortium.

Brief Bio:

I am from Northern Minnesota. I became interested in astronomy and physics during high school when Through The Wormhole first started. Feel free to contact me with questions about UHH, grad school or life in general.

What attracted you to UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy?

It was affordable and had access to the Observatories.

Advice for prospective/current students of UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy:

You may not like physics, but it is the backbone of astronomy.

Website: N/A

Email address:

Derek Hand, UH Hilo P&A 2016 alumni






  • (Updated November 9, 2017)