People

Our group is close-knit and highly active. Student researchers have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of computational astrophysics research projects on cutting-edge topics, ranging from Type Ia supernovae to star formation.

Group alumni have been highly successful. In 2019, group member Gabriel Casabona (M.S. ’19) was one of 25 students nationwide across all disciplines to receive the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. In 2018, group alumnus Suoqing Ji (M.S. ’13) accepted the highly-prestigious Sherman Fairchild Prize Fellowship in theoretical astrophysics at Caltech. In 2014, group member Jillian Bolinger (B.S. ’14, M.S. ’16) was one of only sixty undergraduate students selected nationwide to participate in the Council of Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill Event.” In 2012, group member Peter Jumper (B.S. ’13) was one of seven students nationally recognized by the American Physical Society as a finalist for the highly-prestigious Apker Prize, for his research conducted in our group on the brown dwarf desert. Peter was also offered a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which he declined in order to accept a Connaught International Fellowship from the University of Toronto.

Masters and bachelors students have been admitted to and received fellowship offers from physics and astronomy Ph.D. programs at Columbia University, Northwestern University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, Johns Hopkins University, University of Toronto, University of Maryland College Park, University of Virginia, Ohio State University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas at Austin, University of California Santa Barbara, Stony Brook University, Arizona State University, Georgia Tech, and Clemson University, among others, or have pursued successful careers in private industry and education.


Current Group Members

Ph.D Graduate Students

  • Mark Ugalino (Spring ’21 – )

M.S. Graduate Students

  • Asia Haque (Summer ’19 – )
  • Niranjan Roy (Fall ’19 – )
  • Khanak Bhargava (Fall ’19 – )
  • Sudarshan Neopane (Fall ’19 – )
  • Abdullah Al-Shaffi (Summer ’20 – )
  • Richard Charette (Summer ’20 – )

Fisher Group, fall of 2017. From left-to-right: Gabriel Casabona, Michelle Barnes, Robert Fisher, Matthew Silva, Pritom Mozumdar.

B.S. Undergraduate Students

  • Alex Correira (Summer ’19 -)
  • Logan Cabral (Summer ’20 – )
  • Ian Gifford (Summer ’20 -)
  • Binayyak Roy (St. Stephens College, New Delhi, India, Summer ’20 -)
  • Mckenzie Ferrari (Fall ’20 -)
  • William Holman (B.S. Physics ’21)

Fisher Group, summer of 2013. From left-to-right: Robert Fisher, Suoqing Ji, Peter Jumper, Jillian Bolinger, Matthias Aengenheyster, Rahul Kashyup, Casey Newell, Kevin Jumper, and Jean Pierre.

Recent Collaborators

  • Gabriela Aznar-Siguán (ETH Zurich)
  • Ray Bair (Argonne National Laboratory)
  • Alexey Bobrick (Lund University)
  • Rosanne Di Stefano (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
  • Anshu Dubey (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Enrique García-Berro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
  • Or Graur (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
  • Carlo Graziani (University of Chicago)
  • James Guillochon (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
  • Richard Klein (LLNL / University of California at Berkeley)
  • Kaitlin Kratter (University of Arizona)
  • Don Lamb (University of Chicago)
  • Dongwook Lee (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Pablo Lorén-Aguilar (University of Exeter)
  • Chris McKee (University of California at Berkeley)
  • Stella Offner (University of Texas Austin)
  • Hagai Perets (Technion University)
  • Noam Soker (Technion University)
  • James Steiner (MIT)
  • Frank Timmes (Arizona State University)
  • Dean Townsley (University of Alabama)
  • Petros Tzeferacos (University of Chicago)
  • Daan van Rossum (Radboud University)
  • Hiroya Yamaguchi (Kyoto University)
  • Yossef Zenati (Technion University

Group Alumni

Ph.D. Graduate Student Alumni

  • Rahul Kashyap (UMass Dartmouth Distinguished Doctoral Fellow ’17 → Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics Prize Postdoc → Postdoc w/ Davide Radice, Penn State University).

M.S. Graduate Student Alumni

Undergraduate Student Alumni

  • Matthew Silva (B.S. Physics ’21)
  • Michelle Barnes (B.S. Mathematics ’20)
  • James Lunney (B.S. Physics ’20)
  • Emily Dors (B.S. Physics ’19)
  • Thuong Nguyen (B.S. Physics ’19)
  • Eliza Miley (B.S. Physics ’17 → UMass Dartmouth M.S. Physics Student → Naval Undersea Warfare Center)
  • Chris Byrohl (DAAD RISE Student, Summer ’15, Georg-August-Universität → Masters Student UC Berkeley →Ph.D. Student, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching)
  • Matthew Wise (OUR Research Student, B.S. Physics ’17 → MorphoTrust USA)
  • Martin Lellep (DAAD RISE Student, Summer ’14, Phillips-Universität Marburg → Masters Student University of Edinburgh → Ph.D. Student Phillips-Universität Marburg)
  • Tiffany Ferreira (B.S. Physics ’14 → Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, EAS Ph.D. Program, UMass Dartmouth)
  • Jillian Bolinger (NASA Space Grant Scholar, B.S. Physics ’14 → M.S. Physics ’16, UMass Dartmouth)
  • Jean Pierre (LSAMP Scholar, Spring ’13 – Spring ’14 → Dell EMC)
  • Casey Newell (NASA Space Grant Scholar, Summer ’13)
  • Matthias Aengenheyster (DAAD RISE Intern Summer ’13, Jacobs University, Germany → Masters Student, Utretcht University, Graduate School of Natural Science Thesis Award → Ph.D. Student, Oxford University)
  • Kevin Jumper (B.S. Physics ’13 → Astronomy Ph.D. Program, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Peter Jumper (B.S. Physics ’13, APS Apker Prize Finalist → Connaught International Fellow, Astronomy & Astrophysics Ph.D. Program, University of Toronto)
  • Pascal Cremer (DAAD RISE Student ’12, Universität Bonn → CHESS Fellow, University of Cambridge Masters Program in Applied Mathematics → Ph.D. Student → Research Associate, Universität BonnSoftware Engineer, Google)
  • Jan Behrends (DAAD RISE Student ’11, Freie Universität Berlin → Ph.D. Student, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems → Fellow of Darwin College, University of Cambridge)
  • Shivangi Prasad (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Student ’11 → Physics Ph.D. Program, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign)
  • Joseph Collins (B.S. Physics Transfer → Colorado State University – Fort Collins → Academic Computing, Colorado State University)
  • Justin McKennon (NASA Space Grant Scholar, B.S. EECE ’12 → Principal Scientist at Electro Magnetic Applications, Inc.)
  • Deivid Ribeiro (B.S. Physics Transfer → Physics B.S. ’13, Brown University → Columbia University Dean’s Fellow, Astronomy Ph.D. Program)

High School Student Alumni

  • Noah Chartier (Summer ’15 → Physics B.S. Program, University of Rochester)