Emina is currently in her third year of an Astrophysics degree with a Data Science minor at the University of Calgary. She has always been extremely passionate about astronomy and specifically about the prospects of finding Earth-like exoplanets. After completing a personal project about exoplanets in 10th grade and because of the encouragement of her high school physics teacher, Emina decided that an astronomy-based career was one she wholeheartedly wanted to pursue. Last summer, she worked with Dr. Eric Donovan as a member of the Auroral Imaging Group to construct webpages about important satellite missions that helped launch the foundational Space Physics research done at the University of Calgary.
Emina is delighted to complete an internship at iREx this summer with Dr. Jason Rowe at Bishop’s University to develop state-of-the-art dynamical models of extrasolar systems using the Julia programming language. The model will be used to measure the masses and long-term stability of these systems, with an initial focus on Trappist-1 newly discovered compact 8-planet transiting system. This work will provide insight into the formation and evolution of exoplanet systems and training in modern scientific computing.