A native Texan, Rodolfo Montez Jr. (who goes by “Rudy”) studied undergraduate Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin before moving to the snow-ridden northeast where he pursued graduate studies at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. At RIT he was awarded the first PhD granted by the institute in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology. He currently resides at the home of country music, Nashville, TN, where he is a post-doctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University. Rudy divides his time among mentoring students in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program and studying X-ray emission from evolved stars. In particular, he co-leads an international collaboration that uses the space-based Chandra X-ray Observatory to survey X-ray emission from dying sun-like stars that have form beautiful planetary nebulae (ChanPlaNS). Rudy sporadically tweets at @rudy_phd.