Jason Nordhaus has joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in the Science and Mathematics Department. He is an assistant professor and theoretical astrophysicist, a core-faculty member in RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation in the School of Mathematical Sciences and a professor in the Astrophysics Ph.D. program in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy.
Previously, Nordhaus was a National Science Foundation Fellow at RIT and a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, a master’s degree in Physics and doctorate in Physics and Astronomy, all from the University of Rochester.
Nordhaus is working on the theory of core-collapse supernovae, the origin of strongly magnetized compact objects, and the fates of planets when their stars die.
His work has been published by the National Academy of Sciences, highlighted by Time Magazine as one of Top 50 science results of 2010 and has appeared on NPR. He has presented his findings on supernova theory, evolved stars and binary systems nationally and internationally and has won several fellowships, including the National Science Foundation’s Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral (AAP) Fellowship, a U.S. Department of Energy Horton Fellowship, and a U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship, in addition to being named a 2002 U.S. Congressional Goldwater Scholar.
“We are proud to have someone of Jason’s insight, dedication and ability working with our students,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean.