Ritter Planetarium and Brooks Observatory

Our Staff

Michael Cushing

Michael Cushing


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

Dr. Michael Cushing is a 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.

Heidi Kuchta

Heidi WestricK

Assistant Director

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

Heidi has a background in astrophysics, geology, and education. She enjoys sharing astronomy and earth science information with groups of all ages.

Grant Donnelly

Grant Donnelly

Graduate Student

Office: RO 1030
Email: Grant.Donnelly@rockets.utoledo.edu  


Molly Smith

Undergraduate Student



Mary Braun

Undergraduate Student

Last Updated: 10/24/22