JJ Hermes graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Physics in 2007. Since then he has become an expert in a class of stars called white dwarfs, studying under one of the sub-field's most prominent experts, Professor Don Winget. As an undergraduate, JJ was the former Editor in Chief of the Daily Texan. He has spent 184 nights using telescopes at the McDonald Observatory on 29 individual visits. He's the author or coauthor of 21 refereed publications. JJ's PhD is titled "Gravitational Waves, Pulsations, and More: High-Speed Photometry of Low-Mass He-Core White Dwarfs".
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