Undergraduate Alumni on the Web


Dakota Tyler

Dakotah Tyler is a graduate student in Astrophysics at UCLA and studies exoplanets. Here is a picture of him at a conference at Caltech.

Dakotah Tyler had a BA degree from University of Kentucky and played football there, but decided to go back to school in order to study astrophysics.  He got his BS in Physics and Astrophysics and a Minor in Mathematics at the University of Cincinnati in 2020.  His faculty mentors were Mike Sitko and Rohana Wijewardhana, and he spent a summer at Harvard in an REU program.  He is now in the PhD program in Astrophysics at UCLA.

How I became an astrophysicist

Dakotah on TikTok

Dakotah Tyler on Instagram

Dakotah's story on AstroBytes

Dakotah's web page from Harvard REU

Dakotah Tyler is a leader of the "Black in Astro" organization

UC alum: From the gridiron to the stars  (after losing what mattered most, Dakotah Tyler found a new passion in A&S Physics)

What comes after football?  Astrophysics  (American Physical Society News article about Dakotah Tyler)


Rachel B. Fernandez BS (2017)

Rachel B. Fernandez BS (2017). Presently in PhD program in Astronomy at University of Arizona

Rachel Fernandez received her PhD in Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2023, and is now a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn State University.

Professional Web Page, University of Arizona

Cosmic Vanishing Acts:  NASA Unraveling the Mystery of Shrinking Exoplanets (2023)



Faculty Web Page, Georgia Southern University


Duane Johnson DOE Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University

Duane Johnson DOE Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science, Physics and Engineering.

Duane Johnson received his BS in Physics in 1980 at the University of Cincinnati.  He worked with Frank Pinski in Computational Physics spending one year at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and completed his PhD in 1985.  He took postdoctoral positions at the University of Bristol and then the Naval Research Laboratory before beginning a research staff position at Sandia National Laboratories in 1988.  In 1997 he became Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics at the University of Illinois.  He then became the Chief Research Officer at DOE Ames National Laboratory in 2010 and was named the F. Wendell Miller Professor in Materials Science and Engineering.  He was named a Fellow of the APS in 2003.

Materials Science, Iowa State University, Distinguished Professor

Google Scholar Page

Academic Tree


Before 1970

Apollo 11 Landing

Apollo 11 Landing.

George Sherard, Jr grew up in Cincinnati and went to Walnut Hills High and received his BS in Physics from the University of Cincinnati in (1940).  After talking to Herman Branson (an african american graduate student and Boris Podolsky) he decided to continue working towards a PhD in Physics.  Unfortunately, World War II intervened and so he quickly finished his MS in Physics and went to New Jersey to work on signal processing.  The link below has excerpts from his history working with the Apollo program at NASA.

Oral history of his work with NASA/Apollo Missions and GE Aerospace

Paul Herget with first UC Mainframe Computer

Paul Herget with first UC Mainframe Computer (circa 1958).

Paul Herget was born in OTR and attended Withrow High School in Cincinnati and after several years went to UC and received his BA degree in Mathematics.  After graduating he took a job at the Cincinnati Observatory and went to graduate school part time.  He was highly skilled in numerical calculations.  By 1933 while he received his MA degree in Mathematics he considered himself an astronomer.  His PhD thesis was on the calculation of orbits using vectors, with all the calculations done by hand.  After spending one year at UC Berkeley he returned to UC taking a faculty position with primary appointment at Cincinnati Observatory.  He was the director of the minor planet center at the Cincinnati Observatory from 1947 to 1978.  He was considered a primary instigator of computational physics, eventually bringing the first IBM mainframe to Cincinnati in 1958 (see picture above).  He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences winning the James Craig Watson Medal in 1965.  He was interviewed by the AIP (see below) describing his many years of effort in developing computational techniques.

History and Obituary, National Academy of Sciences.    Wikipedia entry

Website of his Life and Work.    Early Influence on Computational Physics

1965 NAS James Craig Watson Medal

AIP Oral History, Part 1.    AIP Oral History, Part 2

New York Times Obituary, August 29, 1981.  Physics Today Obituary, January 1982.        

50th Anniversary at UC of First Computer.    Cincinnati History of Paul Herget