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
November 27, 2023
RIT’s new Sklarsky Glass Box Theater welcomes first audiences this weekend
The inaugural production in the newest building on the RIT campus, AstroDance II: Across the Universe, premieres Dec. 1 to 3, featuring a variety of dance, aerial and circus arts, and augmented reality, which will be presented in the new state-of-the-art Sklarsky Glass Box Theater.
November 13, 2023
Astrophysicist uses NSF funding to grow the number of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Hispanic researchers
Astrophysicist Jason Nordhaus is breaking cultural and disciplinary boundaries by helping to grow the number of deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Hispanic researchers. And, in doing so, he is enabling these future scientists to drive discoveries in one of his areas of expertise—neutron star astrophysics.
October 24, 2023
RIT’s Campanelli receives award for work in gravitational wave science
Distinguished Professor Manuela Campanelli has been honored with the American Physical Society’s (APS) 2024 Richard A. Isaacson Award in Gravitational-Wave Science for her extraordinary contributions to and leadership in the understanding and simulation of merging binaries of compact objects in strong-field gravity.
September 7, 2023
Prof. Manuela Campanelli - A short Science Talk in the Niels Bohr Office
April 10, 2023
Ennoggi presents at American Physical Society Meeting
April 7, 2023
Campanelli recognized as one of the 2023 Women of Distinction
February 8, 2022
Campanelli named to editorial board