Robert Stencel

Professor and Wombel Chair

What I do

Astrophysics teaching and research.


astronomy, astrophysics, telescopes, infrared detectors, high resolution spectroscopy, polarimetry, interferometry, data analysis, computational models and related.

Professional Biography



  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Michigan

Professional Affiliations

  • American Astronomical Society
  • International Astronomical Union
  • International Dark Sky Association


Pursuing new data related to stellar physics including structure and evolution of single and binary stars, proto-stellar disk and planet formation studies and Interacting binary stars.

Key Projects

  • Building the First Polarimeter using Stress-Engineered Optics for Astronomy
  • Epsilon Aurigae in Total Eclipse, 2010 - Revealing the Transiting Disk
  • MIPS Infrared Imaging of AGB Dust Shells (MIRIAD): Tracing Mass-loss Histories in the Extremely Large Shells Around Evolved Stars.
  • STARS: Science Through Astronomical Research on Starts
  • TNTCAM MARK II - A New Mid-Infrared Instrument


Stencel, R. E. (2018). Contributed paper: MESA models for the interacting binary epsilon Aurigae. 2018 AAS meeting. Denver: Amer. Astronomical Society.
Stencel, R. E. (2017). Redevelopment of Mount Evans Observatory. 2017 National meeting, American Astronomical Society. Dallas, TX: American Astronomical Society.


  • Neighborhood Stars: recognition for making positive difference to the neighborhood, Denver Intra-Neighborhood Council (INC)