Stella Offner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Astronomy and a member of the affiliated faculty of the Oden Institute for Computational and Engineering Sciences. She is also a member of the Center for Planetary Systems Habitability and an affiliate of the Machine Learning Laboratory.
Her research focuses on understanding how stars like our Sun form. She performs computer simulations of the turbulent birth environment of stars, and uses them to make predictions for what telescopes will observe: "synthetic observations." This work has broader implications for the evolution of galaxies and the initial conditions of planetary systems.
Before joining the faculty at UT Austin, she was a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale, an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received an NSF CAREER Award in 2017 and a Cottrell Scholar Award in 2018.