Eduardo Bendek Selman, PhD

Chile (Fulbright S&T Alumnus 2008)

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Eduardo Bendek is a Ph.D. candidate in Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona and a researcher at the Center of Astronomical Adaptive Optics. He works on multi-laser adaptive optics systems to improve the image quality delivered by ground based telescopes. Adaptive optics research is necessary in order to take advantage of the aperture and resolving capabilities of the next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes, which otherwise would be greatly diminished by the blur imposed by atmospheric turbulence.

By using artificial laser guide stars, Eduardo’s research will help to increase the sky coverage of adaptive optics techniques and improve their performance. Additionally, Eduardo is involved in a project to demonstrate a novel technique to perform distortion mapping of optical systems, which will improve the astrometric accuracy of ground and space telescopes addressing exo-planet science cases.

Eduardo was born in Chile. Prior to becoming an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has always been motivated by science and engineering, and equally enjoys the outdoors and observing the pristine skies of the Southern Hemisphere as an amateur astronomer. During his time in Chile, he started Yx Ltda, an engineering company, with three colleagues from the university and he also worked as an instrumentation engineer for the Very Large Telescope located in Cerro Paranal.

Education

PhD (2012, Optical Sciences) University of Arizona,  Tucson, AZ
MS (2010, Optical Sciences) University of Arizona,  Tucson, AZ
MS (2002, Mechanical Engineering) Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

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