[Note: I've stopped updating the below html version of my CV several years ago. See the pdf version above.]
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043
email: [my last name]@gmail.com
office phone: [I prefer to be emailed]
- Ph.D., Astrophysics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (August 2006); Thesis Advisor: Eanna E. Flanagan
- M.S., Astrophysics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (May 2004)
- B.S., Physics, with honors, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA (June 2000); Research Advisor: Kip S. Thorne
Primary interests: gravitational-wave astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, general relativity, the physics of black holes and neutron stars.
Secondary interests: cosmology, nonlinear dynamics, perturbation methods in applied math.
Specific interests: modeling the relativistic two-body problem via the post-Newtonian approximation or black hole perturbation theory, interface of analytic methods with numerical relativity, the gravitational self-force problem, neutron star structure and oscillations, spin and tidal interactions, nonlinear processes in black hole collisions and gravitational-wave generation, parameter estimation for gravitational-wave signals, detection of gravitational waves with current and future detectors, alternative theories of gravity and tests of general relativity, astrophysical and electromagnetic implications of gravitational-wave emission (especially black hole kicks).
- Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Montclair State University, 09/2012 - present
- Visiting Scientist, Theoretical Astrophysics Group, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, 08/2009 - present
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Gravitation & Cosmology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 09/2011 - 08/2012
- NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, 08/2009 - 09/2011
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), UC Santa Barbara, CA, 09/2006 - 08/2009
- Research and Teaching Assistant, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 08/2000 - 08/2006
- Graduate Fellow, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), UC Santa Barbara, CA, 09/2002 - 12/2002
- Summer Research Fellowships and Teaching Assistant, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
See my publications page.
See my research page.
- Instructor for PHYS 280--Astronomy (Montclair): introductory astronomy course with lab for physics majors; ~14 students (Fall 2013).
- Instructor for PHYS 191 & 192--University Physics I & II (Montclair): calculus-based introductory physics course focusing on mechanics, oscillations, waves, E & M, and optics; two sections of ~24 students, lecture & lab (Fall 2012, 2013 & Spring 2013).
- Instructor for Ph 79: Senior Thesis, Theoretical: Served as senior thesis adviser for undergraduate Gary Binder on a project regarding spin-effects and gravitational waves from inspiraling binaries (09/2010 - 06/2011).
- Instructor for Caltech's Ph 171: Reading and Independent Study: Organized readings and homework problems related to gravitational waves & post-Newtonian theory; discussed material with student in weekly meetings (Spring 2010).
- Guest lecturer for UCSB's Phys 120: Physics of California: Waves, Weather, Quakes and Fires, Prof. Lars Bildsten (Spring 2008).
- Head Teaching Assistant for Cornell's Astro 102: Our Solar System: Gave 2 or 3 section lectures per week to groups of ~10 - 30 undergraduates, developed and graded course problem sets, held office hours, maintained course webpage, & organized TA meetings and responsibilities for one of Cornell's largest courses (Spring 2003, 2004, & 2006).
- Head Teaching Assistant for Cornell's Astro 101: The Nature of the Universe: same responsibilities as Astro 102 above (Fall 2003 & 2005).
- Teaching Assistant for Caltech's Astronomy 1: The Evolving Universe: Gave section lectures on introductory general relativity and evaluated student term papers (Spring 2000).
- Master's thesis advisor for Goran Dojcinoski, Montclair; expected degree in May 2015.
- Research mentor for Montclair's SHIP program; Blake Moore, 2013--2015.
- Research mentor for Caltech's SURF program: Advised Pomona College undergraduate Xinyi Guo [currently Harvard, PhD student] on a summer project regarding nonlinear effects in merging black hole binaries (Summer 2011).
- Research mentor for Caltech's SURF program. Advised Caltech undergraduate Gary Binder [currently UC Berkeley, PhD student] on a summer project regarding spin-effects in inspiraling binaries (Summer 2010).
Public Lectures & Outreach
- Lecture on The search for black holes & gravitational waves, Amateur Astronomers, Inc., Union Co. College, NJ (October 2013)
- Lecture on the Solar System to Bradford School 1st grade class, Montclair, (March 2013)
- Lecture on The search for black holes & gravitational waves, Rockland Astronomy Club annual dinner, (February 2013).
- Lecture on Gravitational wave astronomy to North Jersey Astronomical Group, Montclair, (October 2012).
- Lecture on Gravitational wave astronomy to visiting Univ. of Leiden physics students, KITP, (May 2008) [slides, pdf]
- Lecture on Black holes and gravitational waves, Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara, (May 2007) [slides, pdf]
- Lecture on Black holes and gravitational waves, Rio Mesa High School, Oxnard (January 2007)
- Lecture on Black holes and gravitational waves, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, (November 2006)
- Lecture on `Relativity: an introduction to space, time, and gravity, 4-H Focus for Teens Program, Cornell, (June 2002) [slides, pdf] [notes, pdf] (N.b., these high-school level notes were prepared several years ago while I was a graduate student — I have not checked them over recently.)
Conference Talks, Seminars, & Colloquia(You can find links to some selected talks on my research page.)
- Seminar, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore (July 2013)*
- Colloquium, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore (July 2013)*
- Astronomy Dept. Colloquium, Seoul National University (June 2013)*
- April APS Meeting, Denver, CO (April 2013)
- LIGO-Virgo Collaboration Meeting, new group presentation (March 2013)
- Rattle and Shine: Gravitational Wave and Electromagnetic Studies of Compact Binary Mergers, KITP, poster (August 2012)
- Gravitational Wave Bursts Workshop, Tobermory, Scotland (May 2012)
- MIT Lincoln Laboratory, group seminar (March 2012)*
- Mathematical Sciences Dept., Montclair State U. (March 2012)*
- Physics Dept., Cal State Fullerton (January 2012)*
- Center for Gravitation & Cosmology Seminar, UW-Milwaukee (November 2011)*
- 21st Midwest Relativity Metting, Univ. of Illinois (November 2011)
- Astrophysics Lunch Seminar, JPL (June 2011)
- April APS Meeting, Anaheim, CA (April 2011)
- 27th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, Caltech (March 2011)
- Applied mathematics colloquium, Northwestern University (November 2010)
- The Inns and Outs of Black Holes, Annapolis (November 2010)
- 10th Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California (TASC) meeting, Caltech (October 2010)
- JPl Postdoc Research Day, poster, JPL (August 2010)
- 8th International LISA Symposium, SLAC/Stanford (June 2010)
- Theory Meets Data Analysis at Comparable and Extreme Mass Ratios, Perimeter Institute (June 2010)
- 26th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, UC San Diego (March 2010)
- 8th Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Columbia Univ. (June 2009)
- 12th Eastern Gravity Meeting, RIT (June 2009)
- CITA Seminar (June 2009)
- UCSB Astrophysics Lunch Seminar (April 2009)
- Physics Department Seminar, Univ. of Mississippi (March 2009)
- 24th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics, Vancouver (December 2008)
- Theoretical Astrophysics and Relativity seminar, Caltech (December 2008)
- 8th Theoretical Astrophysics in S. California Meeting, UC Irvine (November 2008)
- 7th International LISA Symposium, Barcelona (June 2008)
- 2nd Santa Barbara Astrophysics Meeting, KITP (May 2008)
- 24th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, UCSB (March 2008)
- 7th Theoretical Astrophysics in S. California Meeting, UCLA (Nov 2007)
- UCSB Astrophysics Lunch Seminar (October 2007)
- 18th International Conference on Gen. Relativity & Gravitation, Sydney (July 2007)
- 1st Santa Barbara Astrophysics Meeting, KITP (May 2007)
- 23rd Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, Caltech (March 2007)
- UCSB Gravity Lunch Seminar (November 2006)
- KITP Program: Physics of Galactic Nuclei, Discussion Talk (July 2006)
- Meeting of the American Physical Society, Dallas (April 2006), Session Chair
- 9th East Coast Gravity Meeting, MIT (March 2006)
- Center for Gravitational Wave Physics Seminar, Penn State (February 2006)
- Meeting of the American Physical Society, Tampa (April 2005)
- 17th International Conference on Gen. Relativity & Gravitation, Dublin (July 2004)
- Meeting of the American Physical Society, Denver (May 2004)
- 20th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, Caltech (March 2004)
- Gravitation: A Decennial Perspective, Penn State (June 2003)
- The Astrophysics of Gravitational Wave Sources, Univ. of Maryland (April 2003)
- Meeting of the American Physical Society, Philadelphia, (April 2003)
- 2nd Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California Meeting, UCSB (October 2002)
- Meeting of the American Physical Society, Albuquerque (April 2002)
- 3rd Capra Ranch Meeting on Radiation Reaction, Caltech (June 2000)
- 14th National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Univ. of Montana (April 2000)
- 16th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, Caltech (March 2000)
- SURF Seminar Day, Caltech (October 1999)
- SURF Seminar Day, Caltech (October 1997)
- 10th Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California (TASC) meeting, Caltech, co-organized with Christian Ott and Chris Hirata, October 29, 2010
- 2nd Santa Barbara Astrophysics Meeting, KITP, co-organized with Lars Bildsten, Marusa Bradac, and Marton Hidas, May 2, 2008
- 1st Santa Barbara Astrophysics Meeting, KITP, co-organized with Lars Bildsten, Nairn Baliber, and Phil Marshall, May 4, 2007
- 6th Annual Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California (TASC) Meeting, KITP, co-organized with Lars Bildsten and Eric Pfahl, October 20, 2006
Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Service
- PI, RUI: Issues in modeling gravitational-wave sources, NSF, FY2013-2016, $126,000 (funded).
- Co-I (PI: Curt Cutler), JPL Strategic University Research Partnership Proposal, FY2012, $98932 (rejected)
- NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009-2011
- Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Postdoctoral Fellow
- KITP program participant, Physics of Galactic Nuceli, 2006
- NASA Space Grant Fellow, 2002, 2004-2005
- Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Graduate Fellow, Fall 2002
- Cornell Sage Fellow, 2000-2001
- American Physical Society, member
- Multiple travel grants to attend APS and international conferences, 2000-2012
- Sons of Italy National Education & Leadership Award, 2000
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Perpall Speaking Award finalist, 1999
Service & Memberships
- Referee for The Astrophysical Journal Letters, The Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, International Journal of Modern Physics A
- North Jersey Astronomical Group, faculty advisor (public telescope nights page; Facebook page)
- Contributor to the LISA Science Requirements Document, v5.x, 2010
- American Physical Society, member
- LIGO Scientific Collaboration & LSC Council, member, Montclair group PI.
- Anacapa Society (theoretical physics at undergrad institutions), member
- Research featured in When black holes collide, by Steve Nadis, cover story for Astronomy magazine, (May 2006) [local pdf]
- RIT press release New study shows how black holes get their kicks, (3-Feb-2004) [local pdf]
- Interview and photo for cover story Caltech comes out on top, by Ben Wildavsky, US News and World Report College Rankings Issue, (August 1999) [local pdf], [link to article on usnews website]
Proficiency in Maple, LaTeX, HTML; Windows, Mac, Linux OS; Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint. Knowledgeable in Mathematica, Matlab, C/C++, CSS.
Elementary knowledge of Italian and Korean.
- Summer 1999, Caltech, adviser: Kip S. Thorne. Studied tidal work in a binary system and showed that the expression for the work is invariant when changing how gravitational energy is localized. (See my research page for details)
- Summer 1998, Caltech, adviser: S. George Djorgovski. Processed scans of photographic plates from Digitized Palomar Observatory Sky Survey. Worked on search for high-redshift quasars. Participated in observing runs at the Palomar 200-inch and 60-inch telescopes.
- Summer 1997, Caltech, adviser: Thomas Prince. Studied correlations between accretion torque and flux changes in low-mass x-ray binaries.
Senior Advisors, Mentors, & Collaborators
- Lars Bildsten, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
- Patrick Brady, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Yanbei Chen, Caltech
- Curt Cutler, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Eanna E. Flanagan, Cornell University
- Daniel E. Holz, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Scott A. Hughes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Kip S. Thorne, California Institute of Technology
Last updated on September 27, 2012
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