Aaron T. Lee, Ph.D.
Astronomer and Educator

Aaron T. Lee, Ph.D.

Astronomer & Educator



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I am a professor in physics and astronomy at St. Mary’s College of California. My research focuses on understanding the formation of stars in our Milky Way galaxy and other galaxies. I approach these problems using a mixture of analytical and numerical techniques. Additionally, I enjoy thinking about college level pedagogy, the instruction of introductory STEM courses, the professional development of higher education faculty, and general science communication.

Previously I was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Texas Austin, where I worked with Stella Offner. Before that, I was a graduate student, NSF graduate fellow, and UCB dissertation fellow at the University of California Berkeley and worked with Chris McKee and Steve Stahler. Prior to graduate school, I completed Part III of the Mathematics Tripos at Cambridge University and was an undergraduate at Northwestern University, where I worked with Fred Rasio





St. Mary’s College 
Galileo 104
1928 Saint Mary’s Road 
Moraga, CA 94575


atl8 [at] stmarys [-] ca [dot] edu

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Areas of Interest


I research the formation of stars and planets using both analytical approaches and supercomputing tools. Descriptions of some of my work, my publications, and relevant links can be found here.


Materials relevant to courses I am teaching or have previously taught, my teaching philosophy, public education and outreach, and diversity statements can be found here.


Simulations movies and other materials can be found here.