I completed my PhD in Penn State’s Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics (thesis advisor Dr. Eric Feigelson). I did supercomputer-based hydrodynamical simulations of debris disks with Dr. Marc Kuchner (NASA Goddard) and Dr. Wladimir Lyra (CSU Northridge). I also studied circumstellar disk longevity with Dr. Konstantin Getman (PSU). Other interests include planet–disk interactions, young SFRs, and data mining.

Below is a slideshow listing past research projects (also found under “Research” menu), and below that is a schedule of upcoming talks and other events.

Quick links:
CV and up-to-date publications list (ADS)
Talk slides (PDFs)
Free graphics for slides, posters, etc.
readnml, a Python 2.x/3.x module for reading in Fortran 90 namelists
Python-based plotting tools for Pencil Code snapshot and video files




News and events
Upcoming:
8 September 2017: My dissertation defense! 2pm in 339 Davey Lab (PSU)
Past:
7 February 2017: PSU Astro lunch talk on circumstellar disk longevity
3–7 January 2017: AAS 229, including dissertation talk
1 December 2016: Science tea talk at NRC (Victoria, BC)
22 November 2016: TUNA lunch talk at NRAO (Charlottesville, VA)
15 October 2016: PSU AstroNight, including Pluto debate!
4 October 2016: Lunch talk at PSU
12–14 September 2016: Linking Exoplanet and Disk Compositions workshop, STScI
15–24 August 2016: Visiting MPIA, including PSF Coffee talk (Heidelberg, Germany)
8–12 August 2016: Pencil Code user meeting in Graz, Austria
29 July 2016: National Strategic Computing Initiative Anniversary Workshop, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
26–27 July 2016: National Capital Area Disks (NCAD) meeting 6 at Carnegie DTM (SOC member)
15 July 2016: 4th Annual DC/VA/MD Summer Astrophysics Meeting at George Washington University
13–14 June 2016: Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science symposium at Cornell
7 June 2016: Paper on SFiNCS, a new SFR survey similar to MYStIX, with lead author Konstantin Getman submitted to ApJS
20 May 2016: Talk at Univ. of Virginia, hosted by the exoplanet journal club
11 April 2016: Talk at Univ. of British Columbia, hosted by Jaymie Matthews & Aaron Boley
8 April 2016: Talk at Stanford/SLAC, hosted by Bruce Macintosh
7 April 2016: Talk at NASA Ames, hosted by Tom Greene
6 April 2016 Talk at CSU Northridge, hosted by Wladimir Lyra
5 April 2016: Talk at Caltech, hosted by Yuk Yung
4 April 2016: Talk at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, hosted by Neal Turner
26 February 2016: Paper on ages, masses, and disk properties of YSOs with lead author David James accepted by MNRAS
4–8 January 2016: AAS 227; click here for a PDF copy of my poster on debris disk simulations
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