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Physics Department

Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Chair: Jennifer Klay

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David Mitchell

David Mitchell


Office: 180-614
Phone: 805.756.5290


  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2004
  • M.A., University of California, San Diego, 2001
  • B.S., George Washington University, 1998

Research Interests

  • Observational Astronomy: Extrasolar Planets


Teaching: I teach primarily astronomy and physical science courses, with the occasional physics class thrown in. I am also part of the Liberal Studies department, in addition to my primary duties in Physics department.

Research: I am actively researching extrasolar planets. I am part of a team of astronomers that has been searching (successfully!) for planets orbiting nearby red giant stars. I also have an ongoing project at the Cal Poly Observatory looking at planet transits to characterize the planets and their orbits. This on-campus project is entirely done by students.

Personal: I grew up north of Seattle, WA, a terrible place for astronomy. I lived in Washington, DC, and San Diego before moving here to SLO. I enjoy soccer, hiking, music, and playing with my daughter.




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