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Meet the Staff

Assistant Director
Austin Edmister

Austin Edmister serves as assistant director for astronomy at the Detroit Observatory. Austin holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MS in astrophysics from Michigan State University. He has over a decade of experience using telescopes and planetariums to teach about the wonders of the night sky.

Events and Operations Assistant
Megi Mustafaj

Megi Mustafaj serves as the events and operations assistant at the Detroit Observatory. Megi holds a BS in English from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to her position at the Observatory, she served as festival coordinator for the Ann Arbor Film Festival where she managed all operations and events for a small arts non-profit.

Meet our student
docents and staff

Lailyn Borum

Docent

College of LSA, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Eva Chavez

Docent

College of LSA, Anthropology and Museum Studies

Timothy Fanning

Docent

College of LSA, Physics

Riley Fish

Docent

College of LSA, Astronomy and Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Physics

Katya Gozman

Docent

Rackham Graduate School, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Sophia Grant

Docent

College of LSA, History and International Studies

Jane Heckendorn

Docent

College of LSA, History

Sanil Mittal

Docent

College of LSA, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Mackenzie Morgan

Docent

College of LSA, History

Xi Yuan Zheng

Docent

College of LSA, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Ahmad Kadri

Docent

College of LSA, English & Astronomy and Astrophysics

Sam Hopper

Docent

College of LSA, Biochemistry and Interdisciplinary Astronomy

Jennifer Dupuis

Docent

College of LSA, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Fiona Jones

Docent

School of Information, Master of Science in Information

Jonathan Meadows

Docent

College of LSA, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Interdisciplinary Physics

Sara DeSmet

Docent

College of LSA, History and Museum Studies

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