Kengo Tomida and Yoshiki Matsuoka, both former Postdoctoral Researchers in the Princeton Astrophysics Department, have recently been awarded the Young Astronomer Award by the Astronomical Society of Japan. Tomida and Matsuoka worked with Jim Stone and Michael Strauss, respectively, during their time in Peyton Hall. Tomida is now an assistant professor at Osaka University, and Matsuoka is an associate professor at Ehime University.
Kengo Tomida uses magnetohydrodynamic simulations to study disks of material around stars, modeling the formation of young stars. Yoshiki Matsuoka studies the evolution of quasars and the supermassive black holes that power them; he and his team has discovered over 70 of the most distant quasars known.
The ASJ Young Astronomer Award is an award by the Astronomical Society of Japan, established by donations from society members, given annually to at most three young researchers, under 35 years of age, who have made significant breakthroughs in astronomy.