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Russ Laher

Dr. Russ Laher

Russ Laher

Caltech, Pasadena, California

Job Title

Software Engineer


Dr. Laher has been "lurking" on teams since the beginning of the program. Inspired by the needs he saw among the teams, he wrote (on his own time!) the Aperture Photometry Tool (APT), which is now taking on a life of its own and is being used outside of NITARP teams.





  • I am fortunate to be able to employ my software-development skills for a program as worthy as NITARP. Its hard-working mentors and participant teachers inspire me to make an extra effort in creating the best software product possible. I have gained many interesting insights from interactions with users of my software.

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The application period is now closed for NITARP 2024. We will release our selection for the 2024 class at the 2024 January AAS.