Graduate Students


Triana Almeyda

Triana Almeyda's main research interests are active galactic nuclei (AGN) and galaxy formation and evolution. She is currently working on creating a computer simulation of the response of the emission spectrum from the dusty torus surrounding AGN with respect to the driving variations in the AGN optical/UV luminosity.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: A. Robinson
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Fawaz Amer H Alshehri

Fawaz Alshehri is a master's student.

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John Bero

John Bero is a master's student.

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Dennis Bowen

Dennis Bowen's research interests include the numerical simulation of astrophysically relevant systems in the strong-field regime of gravity. He is currently working on the development of new physics in a GRMHD code to study binary black hole (BBH) accretion disks during the general relativistic inspiral and merger phases.

Office: LAC 2060
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Advisor: M. Campanelli
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Jesse Bublitz

Jesse Bublitz is a master's student.

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Kevin Cooke

Kevin Cooke studies galaxy evolution and dynamics during galactic interactions. He is using multiple wavelengths to research the features of Brightest Cluster Galaxies. These features include possible active galactic nuclei, star formation, or cooling flows from the intercluster medium.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: S. Baum, C. O'Dea
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Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman's main research interests are X-ray emission planetary nebulae (PNe) as well as quantifying PNe morphologies through different wavelengths. He is currently responsible for the preliminary analysis of X-ray data as a part of the Chandra Planetary Nebula Survey (ChanPlaNS) and determining a quantifiable morphology scheme for PNe.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: J. Kastner
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Brennan Ireland

Brennan Ireland is working on the approximate metric to be used for the full numerical runs of Magnetohydrodynamics and accretion disk dynamics. He is interested in the vacuum solutions to the Einstein field equations, and is currently implementing spins into the hybrid metric, to be able to use generic spinning back holes in future simulations.

Office: LAC 2060
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Advisor: C. Lousto
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Yashashree Jadhav

Yashashree Jadhav's research interests lie in the area of observational multiwavelength astronomy.

Office: Carlson 1220/1260
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: A. Robinson
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Jacob Lange

Jacob Lange's research interests lie in the area of gravitational wave astrophysics.

Office: Carlson 1220/1260
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: R. O'Shaughnessy
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Davide Lena

Davide Lena uses photometric data from the Hubble Space Telescope and GEMINI-GMOS integral field spectra to study some aspects of the evolution of the super-massive black holes residing in the nuclear regions of active galaxies.

Office: Carlson 1250
Phone: 475-6987
Advisor: A. Robinson
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Andrew Lipnicky

Andrew Lipnicky uses test particle and SPH codes to study dwarf galaxy evolution around the Milky Way. He is interested in trying to recreate observed tidal streams and dwarf galaxy positions by using the most recent HST proper motion data. He is also interested in HI 21-cm radio observations to look for dwarf galaxies and unpopulated dark matter halos around other spiral galaxies.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: S. Chakrabarti
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Chi Nguyen

Chi Nguyen's research interests include radio astronomy, instrumentation, very-long-baseline interferometry, active galactic nuclei, and supermassive black holes.

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Abdulrahman Al Omar

Abdulrahman Al Omar's research interests lie in the area of astronomical instrumentation, physical properties of the sun.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
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Kristina Punzi

Kristina Punzi studies star and planet formation, with a particular emphasis on the structure and composition of circumstellar disks around young, nearby, low-mass stars. She primarily works in the sub-mm and is interested in the effects of high-energy stellar irradiation on the composition of disks.

Office: ENG 3199
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Advisor: J. Kastner
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Valerie Rapson

Valerie Rapson uses near to far-infrared data to study the structure and composition of disks around nearby, young, low mass stars. She also works on projects involving the classification of young stars in molecular clouds, determining ages and spectral types of young stars in nearby moving groups, as well as searching for exoplanets in open clusters.

Office: ENG 3199
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Advisor: J. Kastner
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Alexander Rasskazov

Alexander Rasskazov studies the dynamics and evolution of single and binary supermassive black holes in galactic nuclei. He is currently investigating the changes in orientation of a massive binary as it interacts with stars.

Office: Carlson 1220
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: D. Merritt
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Ian Ruchlin

Ian Ruchlin studies spinning, binary black holes in the context of numerical relativity. He is attempting to probe the extreme strong gravity regime with the goal of identifying new physical effects which could impact real astrophysical processes.

Office: SLA 1025
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Advisor: C. Lousto
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Jam Sadiq

Jam Sadiq's research interests lie in the areas of numerical general relativity and binary black holes.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: Y. Zlochower
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David Saroff

David Saroff is designing and implementing FPGA based high speed digital radio processors for the Green Bank Radio telescope. He proposes to search for "Lorimer events", highly dispersed signals from outside the Galaxy, in real time.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: Z. Ninkov
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Trent Seelig

Trent Seelig is a master's student.

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Katherine Seery

Katherine Seery is currently working on testing Si-MOSFETs for Thz detection applications as an alternative to bolometers and other methods.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: Z. Ninkov
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Ekta Arjunkumar Shah

Ekta Arjunkumar Shah is a PhD student.

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Zachary Silberman

Zachary Silberman is interested in computational astrophysics and astrophysical dynamics problems, particularly in general relativity. He is currently working on a numerical code that deals with different formalisms for evolving magnetic fields in relativistic systems, for use in constrained transport evolutions. This code also helps to facilitate the interface between fixed background metric and evolving background metric numerical relativity codes.

Office: SLA 1025
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Advisor: J. Faber
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Sravani Vaddi

Sravani Vaddi studies AGN feedback and star formation in galaxies using data at multiple wavelengths namely, radio, infrared and ultraviolet. Other research interests include study of radio galaxies and cooling-core galaxy clusters.

Office: Carlson 1250
Phone: 475-6987
Advisor: S.Baum, C.O'Dea
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Billy Vazquez

Billy Vazquez studies active galaxies focusing on the analysis of dusty tori in active galactic nuclei (AGN). Other research interests include the study of extrasolar planets in open clusters and an optical spectroscopic survey of bright nearby young stars.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: A. Robinson
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Dmitry Vorobiev

Dmitry Vorobiev's research focuses primarily on the design, fabrication and characterization of astronomical (and remote sensing) instrumentation. He is developing a compact imaging polarimeter for the visible and infrared regimes. He is also interested in precision photometry and error propagation, especially in automated reduction pipelines.

Office: Carlson A270
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Advisor: Z. Ninkov
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Daniel Wysocki

Daniel Wysocki's research interests are centered on big data problems in time-domain astronomy, particularly regarding transients and variable stars.

Office: CAR 1220/1226
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Advisor: R. O'Shaugnessy
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Yuanhao Zhang

Yuanhao Zhang's research interests are gravitational wave data analysis and massive star evolution. He is developing a code to analyze LIGO data to search for periodic gravitational waves. He is also using SOFIA data to determine the mass-loss rate of red supergiants.

Office: Carlson 1220/1226
Phone: 475-4502
Advisor: D. Figer
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