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Andrea Cristini

Answered the latest batch of questions - feeling mentally pumped!

Favourite Thing: Looking at how a star works until it goes kaplooey!

My CV

Education:

2000 – 2005: Endon High School, 2005 – 2007: Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, 2007 – 2010: Keele University, 2010 – 2011: Durham University

Qualifications:

MSc in Particles, Strings and Cosmology. BSc in Astrophysics with Mathematics. A-levels in Physics, Maths, Computing and Electronics. GCSEs in Double Science, Maths, English Lit. and Lang., French, Geography, History, I.C.T., Resistant Materials and R.E.

Work History:

Staffordshire Tuition, Genting Casinos, Next Ltd., Perfect Pizza, Pizza Line, Pizza Hut, Sneyd Arms Hotel, Complete Carpet Services

Current Job:

PhD in Astrophysics

Employer:

Keele University

Me and my work

Looking at how the inside of a star works.

I tell the computer to make pretty graphs that tell me all about the insides of stars.

I can then give these star ‘models’ to someone else and they can make them go kaplooey!

 

My Typical Day

Write a computer code to make some pretty graphs, teach some students and read about other people’s interesting work.

Write some computer code to model what we think happens inside a star. Then look at how that would affect the rest of the star’s life.

I help teach 1st and 2nd year physics and astrophysics university students.

 

What I'd do with the money

Create a physics or astrophysics themed pc/android/ios game

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Impatient, hard-working, crazy

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit

What's your favourite food?

Pizza without olives

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Airsoft (paintballing but with BB guns)

What did you want to be after you left school?

A pilot in the RAF

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

Quite frequently

What was your favourite subject at school?

Physical Education

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Presented my work to world leaders in other fields

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

My high school physics teacher – Mr. John Perry

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A racing driver

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

Taller, drive a Lamborghini and an unlimited supply of pizza

Tell us a joke.

Why do NASA believe there is life on Mars? The CD player was stolen from their Mars rover.

Other stuff

Work photos:

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This is my workspace with multiple monitors, textbooks and sticky notes!

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Our (me and my colleague) whiteboard. On the board is a theory to predict the speed of liquids inside a star.

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Side view of my workspace, below the whiteboard you can see a HUGE periodic table which contains all (probably) possible elements in the universe.

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The all important Tassimo coffee machine – no astronomer is complete without it.

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Our meeting room, where we get together with other scientists in our field from all over the world and try to create new theories to describe how stars work.

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Whiteboard selfie!

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Me and my Husky x Malamute called Togo. He is 11 months old, adorable and a pain in the bum at the same time!

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Me and Togo playing on a trampoline