Ph.D. in Physics, University of Bern (Switzerland)
Dr. Manuela Campanelli is a distinguished professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS) and in the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Program (AST) of the School of Physics and Astronomy (SoPA) at RIT. She is also the founding director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) and of the Astrophysics and Space Physics Institute for Research Excellence (ASPIRE).
She is known for her renowned work on the astrophysics of black holes, neutron stars and gravitational waves. Her 2005's breakthrough work on the first successful numerical simulations of binary black hole mergers was recently highlighted by the APS as one of the landmarks of the century on the subject of general relativity, starting with a contribution from Einstein himself; in 2007, she became known for her discovery that after black holes merge to form a new, larger black hole, the newly formed black hole can recoil at thousands of kilometers a second; fast enough to eject a supermassive black hole from even the largest galaxies. More recently, she leads groundbreaking research projects that are providing the first calculations of matter effects close to merging binary supermassive black holes, including their characteristic electromagnetic emission. She also leads a large NASA’s funded ”Theory and Computational Astrophysics Network” to perform groundbreaking simulations of binary neutron stars (and potentially of black-hole/neutron stars) that aim at providing an understanding of recent and future multi-messenger astrophysics observations of these systems. She is a member of the Ligo Scientific Collaboration.
Dr. Campanelli’s research include numerous publications, invited presentations, and funded research projects:
List of Awards, Fellowships, Honorable Mentions and Notable Professional Appointments:
- Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, European Commission, 1998;
- Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), 2009;
- Chair of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the APS, 2013;
- Trustee Scholarship Award, 2014;
- Fellow of the International Society of General Relativity (ISGR), 2019;
- Mention in the Nobel Lecture in Physics 2017 (by Kip Thorne).
- Distinguished Professor, 2020.
- Counsilor of the Division of Gravitational Physics, 2021.
In the News
April 25, 2022
Gravitational waves gave a new black hole a high-speed ‘kick’
ScienceNews talks to Manuela Campanelli, professor and director of Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, about interpreting gravitational waves.
April 13, 2022
Bringing Supermassive Black Hole Mergers to Light
AAS NOVA reports on research conducted by Manuela Campanelli, professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences and director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation.
January 21, 2022
Researchers detect 1st merger between black holes with eccentric orbits
Space.com reports on research led by RIT scientists on a merger of two black holes with eccentric orbits.
February 8, 2022
Campanelli named to editorial board
February 8, 2021
Lousto, Campanelli give virtual presentations at school
April 8, 2020
Two faculty awarded time with supercomputer
September 3, 2019
RIT Researchers Use Frontera Supercomputer to Simulate Neutron Star Mergers