Ph.D. Graduates

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Year of Graduation

  Name

Advisors/Thesis

Present Location

2019

Paul Corlies

Professor Alexander Hayes

“Emerging from the Dark Ages:  An Analysis of Clouds on Titan”

Research Assoicate at Cornell University

2019

Cody Lamarche

Professor Gordon Stacey

“A Detailed Study Of Star Formation At Its Cosmic Peak”

Taking a postdoctoral position at the University of Toledo, working with JD Smith

2019

Kassandra Anderson

Professor Dong Lai

“Teetering Stars and Tumultuous Orbits: Spin and Orbital Dynamics in Hot and Warm Jupiter Systems with Companions”

Spitzer fellow at Princeton

2019

Yu-Cian Hong

Professor Jonathan Lunine

"Orbital Dynamics of Pets of Extrasolar Giant Planets"

Insight data science fellowship in NYC

2019

Riccardo Pavesi

Professor Dominik Reichers

"An Exploration of Inter-stellar Gas and its Role in Galaxy Assembly over Cosmic Time"

Data scientist at Cruise, working on driverless cars in San Francisco.

2019

Will Throwe

Professor Saul Teukolsky

"Numerical Methods for Exascale Magnetohydrodynamics Simulations in General Relativity"

Cornell Post Doc in Physics

2019

Avani Gowardhan

Professor Gordon Stacey

“Star-formation Across Cosmic Time: Insight from Multi-Faceted Molecular Gas Observations”

Insight data science fellowship in Boston

2019

Amit Vishwas

 

"Ground based THz Spectroscopy of Obscured Starbursts in the Early Universe enabled by ZEUS-2"

Cornell Universty

2018

J.J. Zanazzi

Professor Dong Lai

"On the Dynamics of Protoplanetary Disks"

Postdoc Fellow at CITA

2018

Matt Hankins

Professor Terry Herter

"Exploring HII Regions and Massive Dusty Stars in the Galactic Center with SOFIA/FORCAST"

 

2017

Luke Leisman

Professors Riccardo Giovanelli & Martha Haynes
"Almost Dark Galaxies in the ALFAFA Survey"

Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University
(Tenure-track position)

2017

Sean Marshall

Professor Donald Campbell
"Combining Radar and Infrared Observations of Near-Earth Asteroids"

Postdoctoral Researcher, Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico

2017

Ryan Miranda

Professor Dong Lai
"Circumbinary Accretion"

Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

2017

Tyler Pauly

Dr. Gregory Sloan & Professor Robin Garrod
"Gas-Grain Chemical Models: Inclusion of a Grain Size Distribution and a Study Of Young Stellar Objects in the Magellanic Clouds"

Postdoctoral Researcher, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore

2017

Dong Wang

Professor Jonathan Lunine
"Modeling the chemistry of planetary atmospheres:
Implications for the bulk comositions of giant planets"

Quantitative Consultant, JP Morgan, NYC

2017

Robert Wharton
(Physics)

Professor James Cordes
"Radio Interferometric Searches for Galactic Center Pulsars and Fast Radio Bursts"

Max-Planck-Institute for Radioastronomie, Bonn, Germany

2016

Andrew Bohn

Professor Saul Teukolsky
"Toroidal event horizons and other relativistic ray tracing adventures"

SpaceX

2016

Francois Hebert

Professor Saul Teukolsky
"General-relativistic neutron star evolutions with the discontinuous Galerkin method

Postdoctoral Researcher, California Institute of Technology

2016

Michael Jones

Professors Riccard GIovanelli & Martha Haynes
"The Impact of Environment and Confusion on the Observed HI Galaxy Population"

Postdoctoral Researcher, Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia

2016

Michael Lam

Professor James Cordes
"A Precision Pulsar Timing Gravitational Wave Detector"

Postdoctoral Researcher, West VIrginia University

2016

Zhimeng Zhang (Z.Z.)

Professor Alexander Hayes
"Microwave observations provide clues to the origin of Saturn's main rings"

NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2015

Joyce Byun

Professor Rachel Bean

"Probing The Physics Of Inflation: Searching For Non-Gaussianity In The Cosmic Microwave Background And Large-Scale Structure"

Postdoctoral Reseracher at University of Sussex

2015

Shoshanna Cole

Professor Steven Squyres

"Petrology, Stratigraphy, And Geologic History Of Husband Hill, Gusev Crater, Mars"

 

2015

Megan Comins

Dr. Marina Romanova

"Planet Migration Around Young Magnetized Stars"

Data Scientist at Pekin Insurance

2015

Sergei Dyda

Professor Richard Lovelace & Dr. Marina Romanova

"Magnetohydrodynamics Of Accretion To Rotating Magnetized Stars"

Postdoctoral Scholar at UNLV

2015

Jason D. Hofgartner

Professor Jonathan Lunine & Professor Alex Hayes

"Dynamic Phenomena in the Lakes  and Seas of Titan"

Postdoctoral Resrarcher at Jet Propulsion Laboratory

2015

Marko Krco

Professor Paul Goldsmith

"Measurements And Time Evolution Of Atomic And Molecular Hydrogen In Interstellar Clouds"

Professor at York College - CUNY

2015

Patrick Lii

Dr. Marina Romanova & Professor Richard Lovelace

"Outflows And Accretion At The Disk-Magnetosphere Boundary"

 

2015

Dustin Madison

Professor James Cordes

"Efforts To Broaden And Facilitate Pulsar Timing Array Searches For Gravitational Radiation"

Jansky Fellow at National Radio Astronomy Observatory

2015

Eva-Maria Mueller

Professor Rachel Bean

"Constraining Physics Beyond The Cosmological Standard Model

Senior Research Associate, Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation

2015

Michael Roman

Professor Peter Gierasch

"Clouds, Hazes, And Methane In The Atmospheres Of Uranus And Neptune: An Analysis Of Spatially Resolved, Near Infrared Spectra"

University of Michigan, Astronomy, Post-Doc

2015

Everett Schlawin

Professor Terry Herter

"Observations Of Disintegrating, Evaporating And Hot Planet Atmospheres With Transmission Spectra"

Steward Observatory/University of Arizona

2015

Natalia Storch

Professor Dong Lai

"Spin-Orbit Coupling And Tidal Dissipation In Hot Jupiter Systems"

Postdoctoral Researcher at California Institute of Technology - Caltech

2014

Gregory Hallenbeck

Professor Riccardo Giovanelli & Professor Martha Haynes

Resolved Gas Studies of HighMass Galaxies: Massive, Gas-Rich Galaxies in ALFALFA

Visiting Assistant Professor, Union College

2014

Katherine Henriksson

Professor Ira Wasserman & Professor Saul Teukolsky

Solving for Black Hole-neutron Star Binary Configurations: Methods and Results

Google

2014

Ryan Lau

Professor Terry Herter

Probing the Extreme Environment of the Galactic Center with Observations from Sofia/Forcas

Caltech

2014

Daniel Tamayo

Professor Joseph Burns

Painting Moons: Dynamics and Consequences of Debris from the Irregular Satellites of the Giant Planets

2013

Elizabeth (Betsey) Adams

Professor Martha Haynes

ASTRON, Groningen, Netherlands

2013

Drew Brisbin

Professor Gordon Stacey

Star Formation and Galaxy Evolution Since z~2: Results from Multiwavelength Surveys

ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow, NRAO Charlottesville, VA

2013

Carl Ferkinhoff

Professor Gordon Stacey

Development of the 2nd Generation z Redshift)and Early Universe Spectrometer & The Study of Far-IR Fine-Structure LineEmission in High-z Galaxies

Assistant Professor of Physics at Winona State University

2013

James Fuller

Professor Dong Lai

Dynamical Tides and Oscillations in Stellar and Planetary Systems

Caltech

2013

Rebecca Harbison

Professor Phil Nicholson

Particle Sizes in Saturn`s Main Rings, as Revealed by Cassini-VIMS, and Dynamical Modeling of Hyperion

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska

2013

Daniel Hemberger

Professor Saul Teukolsky

Numerical Evolutions of Binary Black Hole Systems

Post-Doc at Caltech

2013

Shan Huang

Professor Martha Haynes

Gas-Rich Galaxies in the ALFALFA Survey: From HI Dwarfs to Giants

 

2013

Manolis Papastergis

Professor Riccardo Giovanelli & Professor Martha Haynes

Statistical Analysis of ALFALFA Galaxies: Insights in Galaxy Formation & Near-field Cosmology

 

NOVA Postdoctoral Fellow, Kapteyn Institute, University of Groningen (Netherlands)

2012

Wen Fu

Professor Dong Lai

Wave Dynamics of Accretion Disks and Other Rotating Astrophysical Flows

Rice University

2012

Istvan Laszlo

Professor Rachel Bean

Probing the Dark Sector

Melbourne, Australia

2012

Kassandra Martin-Wells

Professor Donald Campbell

Radar Polarization and Lunar Secondary Craters

Assistant Professor of Physics, Carleton College

2012

Laura Spitler

Professor Jim Cordes

Saving Time: New Methods And Instrumentation For Radio Variability Studies

Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Germany

2011

Nishant Argarwal

Professor Rachel Bean

Cosmic Acceleration, Past and Present

McWilliams Postdoctoral Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University

2011

Ryan Anderson

Professor Jim Bell

Lasers and Landing Sites:  The Geomorphology, Stratigraphy and Composition of Mars
U. S. Geological survey, Shoemaker Postdoctoral Fellow
2011
Barbara Rojas Ayala

Professor James Lloyd

On the Metallicity of M-Dwarfs in the Solar Neighborhood

Visiting Scientist, American Museum of Natural History
2011
David Bernat

Professor James Lloyd

Non-Redundant Aperture Masking Interferometry With Adaptive Optics:  Developing Higher Contrast Imaging To Test Brown Dwarf and Exoplanet Evolution Models

Starlight Industries, Google
2011
Francois Foucart

Professor Saul Teukolsky

Numerical Studies of Black Hole-Neutron Star Binaries

Postdoc, CITA
2011
Ann Martin

Professor Martha Haynes

Neutral Hydrogen in the Local Universe: Distributions of Gas-Rich Galaxies from ALFALFA

Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Langley Research Center
2011
Phil Murihead

Professor James Lloyd

Externally Dispersed Interferometry for Terrestrial Exoplanets Detection
Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, Boston University

2011

Shavari Nadkarni

Professor Ira Wasserman

Modeling Non-Linear Large Scale Structures Using Lagrangian Perturbation Theory
Postdoc, S. Bose Res. Institute

2011

 

Melissa Rice

Professor Jim Bell

Annals of a Former World:  The Remnants of Water At Gusev Crater and Eberswalde Crater, Mars

 

Postdoctoral Scholar, Geology and Planetary Science, Caltech

2010

Julia Deneva

Professor Jim Cordes

Elusive Neutron Star Populations: Galactic Center and Intermittent Pulsars
Naval Research Laboratory

2010

Paul Grabowski

Professor David Chernoff

Pseudospectral Calculations of Helium and the Negative Hydrogen Ion
Postdoc, Los Alamos Lab

2010

Briony Horgan

Professor Jim Bell

Wind, Water, and The Sands Of Mars
SESE Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University

2010

Akshay Kulkarni

Dr. Marina Romanova

Rayleigh-Taylor-Unstable Accretion To and Variability of Magnetized Stars: Global Three-Dimensional Magnetohydrodynamic Simulations
Microsoft

2010

Ryan Shannon

Professor Jim Cordes

Pulsars, Their Environments and the Detection of Gravitational Waves
Research Associate, Center for Astronomy & Space Sciences (CSIRO, Sydney, Australia)

2010

Sabrina Stierwalt

Professor Riccsrdo Giovanelli & Professor Martha Hayes

Environmental Influences on Dwarf Galaxy Evolution: The Group Environment

Research scientist for the California Institute of University of Technology and NASA/IPAC.

2010

Matiopon Tangmatitham

Professor Eanna Flanagan

 

2010

Nick Taylor

Professor Saul Teukolsky

Numerical Simulation of Black Hole Binaries:  Second Order Spectral Methods
 

Caltech

2010

James Wray

Professor Steve Squyres

High-Resolution Studies of Aqueous Environments on Ancient Mars
Assistant Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

2009

Steven Hailey-Dunsheath

Professor Gordon Stacey

Probing Star Formation At Low and High Redshift With Zeus, A New Submillimeter Grating Spectrometer

Caltech

2009

 

Abdul Hussein Kamel Mroue

Professor Saul Teukolsky

Numerical Modeling of Gravitational Waves

CITA

2009

Thomas Oberst

Professor Gordon Stacey

Submillimeter Spectroscopy of the Carina Nebula:  Observations, Operations and Upgrades of the South Pol Imaging Fabry-Perot Interferometer
Assistant Professor of Physics, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA

2009

Patrick Taylor

Professor Jean-Luc Margot

Tidal interactions in Binary Asteroid Systems 
Research Associate, Arecibo Observ.

2009

David Tsang

Professor Dong Lai

Global Instabilities of Accretion Disks
Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech

2009

Yanling Wu

Professor James Houck

A Mid-Infrared Study of Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxies
Senior Associate Consultant, Mars & Co (Stamford, CT)

2008

Ruxandra Bondarescu

Professor Saul Teukolsky

Spin Evolution of Neutron Stars:  Nonlinear Development of the R-mode Instability
ITP, Univ. Zurich
2008 Shannon Gutenkunst

Professor James Houck

Tracing Abundances in Galaxies With the Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Spectrograph
Freelance Scientific Editor, Crimson Interactive Pvt.Ltd, Santa Fe, NM
2008 Tanja Hinderer

Professor Eanna Flanagan

Gravitational Waves From Binary Neutron Stars and Test Particle Inspirals Into Black Holes
2008 Suniti Karunatillake

Professor Steven Squyres

A Chemical Odyssey on the Martian Surface

Assistant Professor of Physics, Rider University
2008 Brian Kent

Professor Riccardo Giovanelli

Toward the Virgo Cluster: On the Study of Neutral Hydrogen in the Local Universe
Scientific Staff Member, National Radio Astronomy Observatory
2008 Richard Kipphorn    

2008

Min Long

Dr. Marina Romanova

Disk Accretion to Rotating Magnetized Stars: Magnetohydrodynamic Simulations
Flash Center, Univ. of Chicago
2008 Andrew Lundgren

Professor Eanna Flanagan

Topics in theoretical Gravity
 

2008

Zachary Medin

Professor Dong Lai

Matter and Radiation in the Strong Magnetic Fields of Neutron Stars

 

2008

Ryan Yamada

 

 

2007 Taner Akgun

Professor Ira Wasserman

Precession of Neutron Stars
 
2007 Marc Berthoud    
2007 John Karcz    
2007 Jason Marshall    
2007 Jagadeep Pandian    
2007 Patrico Rojo    
2007 David Rothstein    
2007 Amelie Saintonge    
2007 Britt Scharringhausen    
2007 Akiko Shirakawa    
2007 Jason Soderblom    
2007 Matt Van Adelsberg    
2007 Riva (Ali) Vanderveld    
2006 Marc Favata    
2006 Elise Furlan    
2006 Timothy McConnochie    
2006 Christopher Springob    
2006 Mark Wyman    
2005 Katheryn Beker