OMER BLAES Professor, Department of Physics
RESEARCH INTERESTS Theoretical astrophysics, particularly the dynamics and thermodynamics of
accretion flows onto black holes, neutron stars and white dwarfs. I also love learning physics and
teaching at all levels.
UCSB ENVIRONMENT UCSB has been a terrific environment to be a professor due to its outstanding
faculty and students. The very high standards and expectations on this campus have helped me maintain
an active research program, and students and colleagues have continually stretched me intellectually.
LGBTQ COMMUNITY I am a very strong supporter of access to education, and enabling people to
reach their highest aspirations, regardless of who they are. As someone who is gay himself, I have a
responsibility and interest in helping people in this community as best as I can.