Rachel Mandelbaum

Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

Rachel Mandelbaum is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). She was previously an associate research scholar and visiting associate research scholar for the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, and a Hubble Fellow for astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Study, after earning her PhD in Physics at Princeton University. Her research interests are predominantly in the areas of observational cosmology and galaxy studies. This work includes the use of weak gravitational lensing and other analysis techniques, with projects that range from development of improved data analysis methods, to actual application of such methods to existing data. She has a particular interest in development and application of novel statistical and machine learning methods to astronomical datasets.  Mandelbaum and her group use existing data from the Hyper-SuprimeCam (HSC) survey, and work on preparation for upcoming surveys including Rubin Observatory LSST, Euclid, and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.  She is a Full Member of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) and has completed a two-year term as collaboration Spokesperson.  She is one of the PIs for the LINCC Analysis Frameworks program.

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