Eileen Friel

Eileen Friel

Associate Dean for Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Research

Professor of Astronomy

Office of the Executive Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Astronomy

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    Eileen joined the IU Astronomy faculty in 2011 and served as Astronomy Department chair from 2015 to 2018.
    Before coming to IU, she spent over a decade at the National Science Foundation, where she was first program officer and then Executive Officer for the Division of Astronomical Sciences.  Prior to joining NSF, she was director of the Maria Mitchell Observatory and its Research Experience for Undergraduate program; she also founded and directed REU programs at the Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory in Chile.  Her earlier postdoctoral fellowships took her to positions at the University of Hawaii, the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Canada, and the Observatoire de Paris.
    Eileen’s research interests are primarily in stellar and galactic astronomy.  Much of her research has involved using star clusters as chemical and dynamical probes of our galaxy to address questions of its formation and evolution.  She and her students use IU’s WIYN telescope in Arizona for much of their research, and she is a collaborator in a Europe-wide consortium that is carrying out a large spectroscopic survey to study the many stellar populations in our Milky Way galaxy.