Aurelio is an active member of the large scale structure, galaxy evolution and photo-z working groups. He is also leading the search for brown dwarfs within the Milky Way working group. His main duty at DES has been in the development of the DES Science Portal – a web based science analysis tool designed for quality assessment and for the creation of science-ready catalogs.
We asked Aurelio a few more questions – here’s what he had to say:
What is your favorite part about being a scientist?
Working as a scientist represents the opportunity to work for the sake of knowledge and not for any private economical interest. Also, it allows me to travel and to know new places while studying.
When did you know you wanted to be a scientist?
Since I was 15 years I was already sure I wanted to study astronomy. Two key events marked my decision. First when I was 12 years old a school teacher gave us some astronomy lessons and then with 15 in a trip with the high school to La Palma in Canary Island. We reach the camping site at night and as we left the bus, I looked into the sky and felt overwhelmed by such a pretty sky. In that moment I decided I wanted to study astronomy.
What motivates / inspires you?
Happiness. My family and friends. Real justice in this unfair world.
Do you have any hobbies or play any sports?
Scuba diving and hiking.
What is your favorite book, movie, and/or TV show?
I love anything from the Monty Python’s. Their films and their old TV shows.
If you weren’t a scientist, what would your dream job be?
Probably working as a school teacher.
Any advice for aspiring scientists?
Trust your dreams. That thing that seems easier, that is definitely the way to follow.