Mario Juric is an Associate Professor of Astronomy at the Astronomy Department of the University of Washington, where he holds the Washington Research Foundation Data Science Term Chair. He’s also a Senior Fellow at the University’s eScience Institute, dedicated to advancing research in Big Data.
Mario’s research is in the area of data-intensive survey astronomy, ranging from studies of the structure and formation of the Milky Way, exoplanetary dynamics, to the exploration of asteroids in the Solar System. He has developed a range of astronomical software products and platforms, including pipelines for the SDSS Moving Object Catalog (SDSS MOC) asteroid association. Most recently, he’s been leading the research of algorithms needed to discover and identify asteroids with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).
Asteroids jump-started Mario’s love for astronomy. While still in high school, with friends at Visnjan Observatory they discovered hundreds of asteroids and one comet using a 40cm hand-made telescope and homebrew software they wrote. If it wasn’t for asteroids, Mario would probably be a particle or string theorist, pondering whether the universe has 10 or 11 dimensions and what happens inside black holes.
Mario teaches and lives in Seattle, with his wife Dea (13408 Deadoklestic) and daughters Lyra and Mila.