Enrique Lopez Rodriguez

Research Scientist, KIPAC

Enrique is originally from the Canary Islands, Spain, where he fell in love with the beauty of the night skies as a child and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of La Laguna. He completed his PhD on the study of the magnetic fields in the dusty material surrounding active nuclei at the University of Florida. He became interested in polarization and instrumentation while commissioning and producing early science results with infrared polarimeters at the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), Spain and MMT Observatory, Arizona. During his doctoral studies, Enrique also held a visiting research position at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, where he worked on the implementation of infrared polarimeters in the next generation of Extremely Large Telescopes (ELT). Enrique moved to the University of Texas at San Antonio as an Assistant Professor of Research, and then as a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He then spent four years at the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) as a Visiting Postdoctoral Scientist and then as an Instrument Scientist, where he support the commissioning and early science results of the newly far-infrared polarimeter, High-resolution Airborne Wideband Camera Plus (HAWC+). While at SOFIA, he held a JSPS Fellow position at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) at Mitaka, Japan, where he quantified and modeled the magnetic field at pc-scales around the active nucleus of NGC 1068 using the polarimetric mode of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). He is currently leading the efforts of a Legacy Program, which aims to produce the first comprehensive survey of magnetic fields in nearby galaxies using multi-wavelength analysis to trace the magnetic fields in the multi-phase interstellar medium of galaxies.