People in the Lab

Professor Matthew Turk

  • Position: Research Assistant Professor
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    Dr. Matthew Turk received his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 2003 and his PhD in Physics from Stanford in 2009. His research in astrophysics was primarily focused on the way that the first stars and galaxies formed in the Universe, which has led him to develop and implement algorithms for data analysis and visualization. He is interested in understanding how scientists process data, developing methods both descriptive and prescriptive around analysis, visualization, and the propagation of information between data and individuals.

Dr. Nathan Goldbaum

  • Position: Research Scientist
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    Nathan's research focuses on the dynamics of the interstellar medium, and has worked on simulations of the ISM in a Milky-Way like galaxy as well as semianlytic models for the evolution of giant molecular clouds. He is also a member of the yt project, contributes to the Enzo hydrodynamics code, and has contributed to many other open scientific software packages, and is an advocate for open, reproducible research.

Dr. Kacper Kowalik

  • Position: Research Scientist
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    Dr Kacper Kowalik received his undergraduate degree at Nicolaus Copernicus University (Torun, Poland) in 2008 and his PhD in Astronomy also from Nicolaus Copernicus University in 2014. His research in astrophysics was primarily focused on early stages of protoplanetary formation and circumstellar disks' instabilities. He is interested in high performance computations -- especially in the domain sciences where they haven't been widely adopted, developing new ways of sharing and interacting with large computational datasets, applying industrial IT solutions to scientific software.

Dr. Meagan Lang

  • Position: Research Scientist
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    Dr. Meagan Lang recieved her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University in 2010 and her PhD in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 2015. Her research in astr ophysics has included galaxy evolution, galactic dynamics, large scale structure, and gravitational waves. Through this work, Meagan has developed new tools and techniques for analyzing numerical simulations, modeling noise in gravitational wave detectors, and efficient data access. Meagan is interested in making connections between astronomy and other field s through interdisciplinary research. She is also interested in physics/astronomy education and public outreach in the local Champaign-Urbana community.

Dr. Alex Lindsay

  • Position: post-doctoral scholar
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    Dr. Alex Lindsay did his PhD work at North Carolina State University, graduating in 2016. Dr. Lindsay joins the DXL in collaboration with the ARFC, where he works with Dr. Katy Huff. A nuclear engineer by training, Alex is interested in finite element calculations, reactor design, and running.

Dr. Hsi-Yu Schive

  • Position: post-doctoral scholar
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    Hsi-Yu (Justin) is a postdoc at NCSA. My work focuses on GAMER, a GPU-accelerated adaptive mesh refinement code, and it's astrophysical applications such as black hole accretion, active galactic nuclei jets, and the wave dark matter model.

Dr. Robert Thompson

  • Position: post-doctoral scholar
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    Dr. Thompson earned his PhD. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2012. Afterwards spent time as a postdoctoral scholar at Steward Observatory in Tucson, AZ, and the University of Western Cape in Cape Town South Africa. His research is mainly focused on galaxy formation and evolution in numerical simulations. He is also interested in the development of tools that streamline the data analysis pipeline for large simulated datasets.

David Hannasch

  • Position: graduate research assistant
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    David Hannasch is a graduate student in mathematics and computer science. He is working on ray tracing through unusual domains, with initial applications to geophysics (spherical domains) and planned applications to astrophysics. BS, UNLV, Mathematical Sciences; BS, UNLV, Computer Science.

Allyson Julian

  • Position: undergraduate research assistant
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    Allyson is an undergraduate at UIUC who likes Linux, bikes, and dogs, in that order. Getting flavors of Linux to run smoothly on Apple hardware is her (least|most) favorite part of her day.

Noah Pell

  • Position: undergraduate research assistant
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    Noah is an undergraduate in ECE, working on virtual reality and scientific data.

Charles Rozhon

  • Position: undergraduate research assistant
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    Chuck Rozhon is an undergraduate in Computer Science, whose interests lie in visualization and scientific computing. He works with DXL on finding better and more interesting ways of looking at data, including GPU volume rendering and applications of distributed computing. His hobbies include running, hiking, and playing guitar.

Ting-Wai To

  • Position: undergraduate research assistant
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    Ting-Wai To is an undergraduate student at UIUC studying mechanical engineering. His hobbies include photography, traveling, and big data. In his free time you can find him 3D printing his favorite video game characters.