Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory

Our Staff


Michael Cushing

Michael Cushing

Director

Office: RO 1060
Phone: (419) 530-2637
Email: michael.cushing@utoledo.edu  


Dr. Michael Cushing is an associate professor of Physics and Astronomy. His research focuses on the discovery and characterization of low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in the solar neighborhood using ground- and spaced-based telescopes and the development of the algorithms to both reduce and analyze the data obtained with them.

Alexander Mak

Alexander Mak

Associate Director

Office: RO 0300
Phone: (419) 530-4641
Email: alexander.mak@utoledo.edu  


Alex is originally from the greater Cleveland area, and has been working at Ritter since 1981. His favorite part of his job is doing programs for visiting school children.

Heidi Kuchta

Heidi Kuchta

Graduate Student Staff

Office: RO 0300
Phone: (419) 530-4641
Email: hkuchta@gmail.com  


Heidi Kuchta is a graduate student working on her Master in Education after receiving a BS in both Astronomy/Physics and Geology in 2018.

Adam Ley

Adam Ley

Undergraduate Student


Adam Ley is a third year Environmental Science student.

Adam Ley

Thomas Routt

Undergraduate Student


Thomas is a third year Astronomy and Physics student.

Adam Ley

Omar Hakki

Undergraduate Student


Omar is a third year Astronomy and Physics student.

Adam Ley

McKenna Dowd

Undergraduate Student


McKenna is a second year Astronomy and Physics student.
Last Updated: 8/27/19