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Fana Mulu-Moore

Instructor, Astronomy and Physics

Dr. Mulu-Moore is the Physics and Astronomy lead at Aims Community College. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics with a specific focus on Space and Solar Physics. Before moving to Colorado, she completed a NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL where she conducted research on the coronal heating problem, served as one of the chief observers for an X-Ray telescope aboard NASA’s Hinode Spacecraft, and engaged in several space science educational outreach initiatives.

Although she found the research setting stimulating, her real passion is teaching physics and astronomy as well as mentoring students. She teaches with an enduring passion focused on inspiring her students’ scientific curiosities. Her philosophy is that physics should be approachable and accessible to all students. As such, she continuously strives to be an effective student advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.

Outside of the classroom, she serves as Aims’ representative on the Northern Colorado Astronomical Observatory initiative, as NASA’s HEAT Space Science Ambassador, and as one of the OER champions on campus who strive to support and expand the development of Free-to-Student courses.

Dr. Mulu-Moore resides in Fort Collins with her husband, two kids and a silver lab named Kenobi. As a family, they enjoy traveling, board games, Legos, camping, stargazing, and chasing solar eclipses.