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
July 8, 2021
RIT hosting virtual conference on compact binary mergers for computational astrophysicists
RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation is hosting a virtual conference to discuss the cutting-edge science of binary neutron star and neutron star-black hole mergers.
April 28, 2021
RIT researchers use Frontera supercomputer to study eccentric binary black hole mergers
Researchers from RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation are using the world’s most powerful academic supercomputer to perform simulations that will help scientists study eccentric binary black hole mergers.
April 21, 2021
Black hole Nobel Prize winner Andrea Ghez is RIT’s 2021 commencement speaker
Andrea Ghez, a 2020 Nobel Prize winner in physics for her research in discovering one of the most exotic phenomena in the universe—the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy—will be a 2021 RIT commencement speaker on May 14 and 15. Ghez joins Eric Avar ’90 (industrial design), Nike’s vice president and creative guide of innovation design who was honored with the College of Art and Design Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016, as the university’s first-ever dual commencement speakers.
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