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Triana Almeyda
 
My main research interests are active galactic nuclei (AGN) and galaxy formation and evolution. I am 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.

Email: tra3595

Advisor:
Andrew Robinson
 
 
Dennis Bowen
My research interests include the numerical simulation of astrophysically relevant systems in the strong-field regime of gravity. I am current 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. My primary goals are to understand the effects of the BBH parameter space on gas dynamics and the prediction of signatures unique to BBH mergers.
LAC 2060

Email: dbb2737

Advisor:
Manuela Campanelli
 
 
Kevin Cooke
 
I research galaxy evolution and dynamics during galactic interactions. Specifically, I'm 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.
 

Email: kcc7952

Advisor:
Stefi Baum
 Christopher O'Dea
 
Marcus Freeman
 
My main research interests are X-ray emission planetary nebulae (PNe) as well as quantifying PNe morphologies through different wavelengths. I am 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.

Email: mjf6441

Advisor:
Joel Kastner
 
 
 
Brennan Ireland
 
Brennan 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.
CAR 1220/1226
Email: bmi5921
Advisor:
 
 
 
 
Jacob Lange
 
 
 
Email: jal7686
Advisor:
           Richard O'Shaughnessy
 
Davide Lena
 
I use photometric data from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and GEMINI integral field spectra to study nearby super-massive black holes (SMBHs) and their host galaxies. In particular I use HST to look for
photometric signatures of SMBHs recoiling in the aftermath of a SMBH-binary merger, whilst I use GEMINI to study the kinematics of
ionized gas in the inner kiloparsec of Seyfert galaxies.
Email: dxl1840
Advisor:
Andrew Robinson
 
 
Andrew Lipnicky
 
Using test particle and SPH codes, I study dwarf galaxy evolution around the Milky Way.  I’m interested in trying to recreate observed tidal streams and dwarf galaxy positions by using the most recent HST proper motion data.  I’m also interested in HI 21-cm radio observations to look for dwarf galaxies and unpopulated dark matter halos around other spiral galaxies.

Email: awl6964

Advisor:
Sukanya Chakrabarti
 
 
 

 

Kristina Punzi
 
I study star and planet formation, with a particular emphasis on the structure and composition of circumstellar disks around young, nearby, low-mass stars. I primarily work in the sub-mm and am interested in the effects of high-energy stellar irradiation on the composition of disks.
CAR 1220/1226
Email: kmp4302
Advisor:
Joel Kastner
 
 
Valerie Rapson
 
My research involves using near to far-infrared data to study the structure and composition of disks around nearby, young, low mass stars. I am also working 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. 
ENG 3199
Email: var5998
Advisor:
Joel Kastner
 
 
Alexander Rasskazov
 
stellar dynamics, supermassive black holes (single and binary), N-body simulations 
 
Email: axr6631

Advisor:

David Merritt
Ian Ruchlin
 
I research highly spinning black hole binaries in the context of numerical relativity.  I am attempting to probe the extreme strong gravity regime with the goal of identifying new physical effects which could impact real astrophysical processes.
CAR 1220/1226
Email: ixr5289
Advisor:
Carlos Lousto
 
 
David Saroff
 
I am designing and implementing FPGA based high speed digital radio processors for the Green Bank Radio telescope.  I propose to search for "Lorimer events", highly dispersed signals from outside the Galaxy, in real time.
CAR 1220/1226
Email: dps7802
Advisor:
Christopher O'Dea
Stefi Baum
Zachary Silberman
 
 
I am interested in computational astrophysics. One area of interest to me is general relativity and the simulation of black holes.
CAR 1220/1226
Email: zjs2405
Advisor:
           Joshua Faber
 
 
Sravani Vaddi
 
Primarily, I study AGN feedback and star formation in galaxies using data multiple wavelengths namely, radio, infrared and ultraviolet.  Other research interests include study of radio galaxies and cool-core galaxy clusters.
 

Email: sxv1249

Advisor:
Stefi Baum
Christopher O'Dea
Billy Vazquez

My primary research is the study of 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.

Email: bxv2548
Advisors:
Andrew Robinson
Michael Richmond
 
Dmitry Vorobiev
 
My research focuses primarily on the design, fabrication and characterization of astronomical (and remote sensing) instrumentation; specifically, I am developing a compact imaging polarimeter for the visible and infrared regimes. I am also interested in precision photometry and error propagation, especially in automated reduction pipelines. 
CAR 1220/1226
Email: dxv2686
Advisor:
Zoran Ninkov
 
 
 
Yuanhao "Harry" Zhang
 
My research interests are gravitational wave data analysis and massive star evolution. I'm developing a code to analyze LIGO data to search for periodic gravitational wave . Another project I'm working on is using SOFIA data to determine the mass-loss rate of red supergiants.
CAR 1220/1226
Email: yxz5461
Advisor:
Don Figer
John Whelan