Hail Adventurer!

I am a planetary science PhD candidate at MIT advised by Dr. Taylor Perron. I am also a Dean of Science Fellow at MIT and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

My research focuses on understanding how the rivers and lakes on Titan’s surface control the landscape and its history. Despite being of a world of extremes (low-gravity, low-temperature, low-viscosity), the Cassini spacecraft revealed a world at Titan that looks remarkably like home. I am interested in understanding how to apply theories of fluid mechanics and geomorphology originally quantified on Earth to other systems in our solar system.

If you have any questions or are interested in collaborating, I’d love to hear from you at ugschneck@gmail.com


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March 2024: Oral presentation at Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) “Confirmation of a Callisto Subsurface Ocean using Bayesian Inference”

December 2023: Oral presentation at American Geophysical Union (AGU) “A Bayesian Approach to the Interior Sounding of Callisto”

September 2023: Invited talk at Brown University’s Planetary Lunch Bunch “Modelling Wave Action on the Shores of Titan’s Lakes”

August 2023: Write up in MIT Scope (“A Titan”)

December 2022:  Oral presentation at American Geophysical Union (AGU) “Sediment Entrainment by Waves and Tides on Titan”

May 2022: Passed candidacy exam!

September 2020: Starting graduate school at MIT!

March 2020: Honored to have been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship!

February 2020: Honored to have been awarded the Dean of Science Fellowship at MIT!

January 2019: Write up in UCLA’s EPSS Fall newsletter about the InSight analogue experiment (“MinSight: A Multi-Million Dollar Mission to Mars (and the Classroom)”) I developed for the Advances in Computing Class

June 2018: Graduated Valedictorian from UCLA’s EPSS Department with a B.S. in Geophysics and a specialization in Space Physics!

June 2018: Honored to have been awarded the Eugene B. Waggoner Scholarship!