The MIT Kavli Institute paves the way for new developments in space- & ground-based astrophysics. Our faculty, research staff, and students develop technology & instrumentation with a focus on an engineering and technical core.
Researchers at The Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research explore extreme and unusual phenomena found beyond the Earth including extrasolar planets, black holes, neutron stars, and distant galaxies and clusters of galaxies.
I grew up in the Western Suburbs of Chicago before moving to St. Louis for my undergrad.
I am currently interested in the detection of Gravitational Radiation and theories of gravity predicting such radiation. My research focuses on data processing and search improvement for the advanced detector era, although I am interested in all aspect of strong gravitational physics (both theoretical and experimental). Specifically, I've worked on applying Mulit-Variate Classifiers (MVC's) to identify and remove transient noise artifacts from gravitational wave data and am currently starting to develop a search for Gravitational Wave Bursts with Memory, which induce a permanent (DC) deformation in the space-time metric. More broadly, I'm interested in many non-linear dynamical systems and the peculiar behavior they exhibit. To this end, I'm also working on strong (non-linear) tidal interactions in close binary systems, focusing on 3mode interactions and the dynamics of large networks of coupled oscillators.
Honors and awards:
Member of Sigma Pi Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma