Bio

My name is Aleksandra Sokolowska and I hold a BSc in Astronomy, MSc in Theoretical Physics and PhD in Computational Science (University of Zurich). Currently, I am heading research and analytics branch of the ETH Zurich Spinoff Validity Labs, experimenting with the idea of decentralization in science. I also founded a non-profit organization to support careers of women in STEM called women++ and was selected as one of the Top 100 women in business in Switzerland (2018).



Space research

As an undergraduate research assistant, I conducted observational studies of Active Galactic Nuclei at the Department of Radio Astronomy of Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. Soon after, I did an internship at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich, where I was introduced to the field of computational astrophysics. Fond of what I've learnt, I then entered the Fast Track PhD program, which is usually awarded to outstanding students seeking a scientific career. Over the years, I contributed with my work to our understanding of the environment of galaxies such as our own Milky Way. I'm now fascinated by the field of planetary sciences and the habitability of Mars.

Education
February 2015 - 2018 PhD Candidate
Institute for Computational Science (UZH)
September 2013 - February 2015 Master of Science, Theoretical Physics
Institute for Computational Science (UZH)
Specialization: Astrophysics
Research project: Gaseous Galactic Halos in the simulations of MW--like galaxies
2013 (March - July) Research visit (guest student)
Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Zurich
Research project: galaxy formation
October 2010 - July 2013 Bachelor of Science, Astronomy
Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics
Nicolaus Copernicus University of Torun, Poland
Specialization: Radio astronomy
Awards and scholarships
September 2013 - February 2015 Fast-Track PhD (Master + PhD Program)
2013 Oort and NOVA Scholarships in Astronomy for MSc Students
University of Leiden, The Netherlands
(declined)
2012 - 2013 The Individual Programme of Studies for the academic year 2012/2013
2011 - 2012 The Individual Programme of Studies for the academic year 2012/2013
The Rector's Scholarship for the best students
2008 The prize in the ESO competition
"Catch a star" for the project
"The Mystery of the Orion Nebula" (CAS2008849)