Eliot Quataert is a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley and is currently the Chair of the Astronomy department and Director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center.   Quataert is an astrophysics theorist who works on a wide range of problems, including stars and black holes, plasma astrophysics, and how galaxies form.  He has received a number of national awards for his research, including the Warner Prize of the AAS, the Packard Fellowship, a Simons Investigator award from the Simons Foundation, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.   Quataert is also a highly regarded teacher and public lecturer.