Hi! I'm Waqas Bhatti. I just finished up a seven year stint as a research scientist (three years as a postdoc and four years as an Associate Research Scholar) in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. I worked with Prof. Gaspar Bakos' group on the HATNet, HATSouth, and the upcoming HATPI exoplanet transit survey projects.
Work at Princeton University
Most of my focus was on HAT Project survey operations and the subsequent data products. I built a real-time monitoring and control interface for our robotic telescopes, managed our fleet of data-reduction servers, and maintained our websites. I built an interactive data exploration portal for the light curves from the HATNet and HATSouth surveys. Other research projects included looking for and classifying variable stars using the HATNet and HATSouth surveys, and building a photometric pipeline for the HATPI survey.
PhD thesis work at JHU
My thesis research was on the identification and characterization of variable point sources found in a large set of time-series photometry data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. My collaborators included my thesis advisor, Prof. Holland Ford at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Larry Petro at the Space Telescope Science Institute, and Prof. Michael Richmond at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Several papers, posters, and presentations related to this work can be found in the articles section. See the data release notes for instructions on how to download and use the raw data, along with some associated results and catalogs. More details are available in my PhD thesis [PDF].