I’m an assistant professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy at Oberlin College. Before that I was a postdoctoral Research Associate in computational relativity at Cornell. Before that I completed my PhD work in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at Caltech. Before that, I studied undergraduate physics at the University of Utah. Before that, is less interesting.
My central research focus is vacuum General Relativity, that is, the dynamics of empty space. Since grad school, I’ve been a member of the Simulating Extreme Spacetimes collaboration, which develops and uses a numerical relativity code, SpEC, to simulate collisions of black holes, and to calculate the gravitational waves that they produce. Such gravitational waves are now being measured by the LIGO observatory.
For a more formal introduction, see my CV.