Sarah T. Stewart-Mukhopadhyay

Sarah T. Stewart-Mukhopadhyay

Sarah T.  Stewart-Mukhopadhyay

Sarah Stewart is an Associate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University and a faculty member at UC Davis.  Sarah is a planetary scientist who specializes in the study of collisions in the solar system.

Her research encompasses the formation and destruction of planets, planetary geology, and materials science. Sarah is best known for the experimental study of H2O ice under shock compression and calculating the volume of melted ice during impact cratering events. Sarah directs the Shock Compression Laboratory at Harvard, which uses a 40-mm cannon to study shock waves in planetary materials.

Sarah received her AB in Astrophysics and Physics from Harvard in 1995 and her PhD in Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology in 2002. She has won several awards and honors for her scholarship, including the Urey Prize for best young planetary scientist from the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and one of Popular Science's Brilliant 10 of 2010.


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