California Institute of Technology
Kristina Hogstrom

Kristina Hogstrom

I am a first-year graduate student in GALCIT (Graduate Aerospace Laboratories Caltech), working toward a Ph.D. in Space Engineering. My research interests include the identification and exploration of potentially habitable regions beyond Earth, both within and outside the solar system. I am particularly interested in the study of exoplanet candidates in the habitable zones of unconventional star systems (e.g. binaries), as well as the exploration of solar system moons that potentially hold liquid water. For my Ph.D thesis, I will be working under Professor John Johnson on the MINERVA observatory project, using my unique position as an engineer interested in astronomical applications to design remote control and automation systems for the telescope, dome, and instrumentation. In the future, I want to design a rover capable of landing on and traversing the surface of Enceladus, in hopes of verifying the presence of sub-surface liquid water and assessing the moon’s capability for harboring life.

When I’m not dreaming about traveling to exoplanets or Saturnian satellites, I take whatever chance I get to travel here on Earth: exploring new places, trying new foods, and meeting new people.