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Planetarium Staff Hall of Fame


Mark Machacek

Mark majored Chemical Engineering with Minors in Environmental Engineering, Applied math, and Chemistry. He was involved with research in biomass renewable energy. Along with school Mark is active in rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking... anything outdoors. He has done research at Arizona State University with the Galileo Imaging Team, and with Vicki Hansen, a planetary geologist at UMD. Mark put together the displays in the main hallway of the planetarium (Mars rovers, Light Pollution, Space Shuttle).


Steve Levchak

Steve was a Teaching Earth and Space Science Major. He's interested in physics, geology, and of course astronomy. He's also a member of the Arrowhead Astronomical Society. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, playing guitar, stargazing, and spending time with friends. He's also an amateur mechanic and astronomer. He will retire (graduate) this May after 5 years of formal education and 4 years of service at the Planetarium. He hopes to either pursue a career in taconite mining or middle/high school teaching.

Derric Johnson

Derric was a Physics and Teaching Physics majors. He did research with the physics department and has always been interested in astronomy. At this point, he his thinking about teaching either college, or high school physics. He enjoys playing guitar and piano. He did many original and well thought out shows, as well as much of the technical maintenance type work.


Sarah Toews

Sarah was an International Studies and Political Science major. Though this may seem distant from the field of astronomy, she is increasingly interested in the science. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, knitting and anything adventurous/spontaneous. Sarah helped keep the planetarium running by making sure all of the administrative work was always done and also gave shows every now and then.


Joshua Carlson

Josh is a senior majoring in Economics with a minor in Mathematics. He has been interested in Astronomy from a very young age, and is the planetarium expert on the planets and mythology. In his spare time, Josh enjoys watching baseball and spending time with his fiance, Michelle. Josh is known for his Star Wars show and the display case he designed and helped build that is based on it.


Ehren Inkel

Ehren is a 5th year senior and is majoring in Geological Sciences. He spent the 2007-2008 academic year studying in sunny ole England. He has participated in geological expeditions to Malawi and the Philippines. In his spare time he works on and rides his motorcycles including taking various trips around Minnesota and Canada with his girlfriend Brittany. Next summer he will be completeing field camp for his geology major as well as taking a motorcycle trip to Alaska. Because of his geology studies, he is the expert on astronomical geology and likes to focus on the moons of planets, especially the Galilean Moons. Ehren was good at the technical work at the planetarium, and often fixed things that were broken. He also gave a great starshow.

Andy Yadon

Andy is a history major, as such he is the planetarium expert on the history of astronomy and other intersting topics. In his spare time he works at McDonalds and watches the Packers. Andy helped keep the planetarium together by making sure the administrative work was always done, but his claim to fame is his UFO shows that have seen a lot of success.

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