Frederic A. Rasio
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208
Tel: (847) 491 7904    
rasio@northwestern.edu    
ciera.northwestern.edu/rasio    
Administrative Assistant:    
Lisa Raymond: (847) 491 8646    
CURRICULUM VITAE


PERSONAL

Born April 20, 1964, in Brussels, Belgium.
US and Belgian citizenships.


EDUCATION
1985 – 1991 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Department of Physics. Degrees: M.S. (1988), Ph.D. (1991). Ph.D. Thesis: “Hydrodynamic Calculations of Stellar Interactions.” Ph.D. Thesis advisors: Prof. Stuart L. Shapiro & Prof. Saul A. Teukolsky.
1980 – 1985 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, Faculté des Sciences Appliquées. Degree: Ingénieur Physicien (M.S. in Applied Physics), Avec Grande Distinction (1985). Thesis: “Charge Division in Drift Chambers Operated in Streamer Mode.” Thesis advisor: Prof. Jean Sacton.


RESEARCH INTERESTS

Theoretical Astrophysics: dynamics of dense stellar systems (globular clusters, galactic nuclei, massive black holes); exoplanets (dynamics and formation); hydrodynamic stellar interactions (stellar collisions and mergers, binary coalescence, common envelope evolution); relativistic astrophysics (neutron stars and black holes, gravitational waves, relativistic star clusters); dynamics of binary and multiple star systems; radio pulsar timing and applications.

Computational Astrophysics: numerical hydrodynamics, numerical relativity, Monte Carlo methods, N–body simulations, parallel algorithms.



EMPLOYMENT
2001 – Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois:
Joseph Cummings Professor of Physics (2009 – );
Professor of Physics and Astronomy (2006 – );
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy (2001 – 2006).
1995 – 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts:
Associate Professor of Physics (2001-02, on leave);
Assistant Professor of Physics (1995 – 2001).
1992 – 1995 Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey:
Member, School of Natural Sciences.
1986 – 1992 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York:
Research Associate, Department of Astronomy (1991-92);
Research Assistant, Department of Astronomy (1988 – 1991);
Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics (1986 – 1988).


AWARDS AND HONORS
2006-07 Research Mentor Award (Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences).
2006 Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.
2004-05 Faculty Honor Roll (Northwestern University Associated Student Government).
1996 – 2000 Sloan Research Fellow (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation).
1992 – 1995 Hubble Fellow (NASA).
1991 Graduate Student Prize (Astronomical Society of New York).
1985 – 1986 Hoover Foundation Fellow (Belgian American Educational Foundation).



MENTORING
Graduate Students Advised:
  • Claire (Shi) Ye (2016 – )
  • Kyle Kremer, NSF Graduate Fellow (2015 – )
  • Josh Fixelle, NSF Graduate Fellow (2015 – )
  • Jason Hwang, NSF GK-12 Fellow, NU PhD '17
  • Joel Schwartz, NSF GK-12 Fellow, NU PhD '16
  • Carl Rodriguez, NSF Graduate Fellow and GK-12 Fellow, NU PhD '16
  • Meagan Morscher, NSF GK-12 Fellow, NU PhD '14
  • Bharath Pattabiraman, NU PhD '14 (in Computer Science)
  • Sanghamitra Goswami, NU PhD '13
  • Sourav Chatterjee, NU PhD '10
  • Emmanouela Rantsiou, NU PhD '09
  • Genya Takeda, NU PhD '08
  • Atakan Gürkan, NU PhD '05
  • John Fregeau, MIT PhD '04
  • Joshua Faber, MIT PhD '01
  • Kriten Joshi, MIT PhD '00

Postdoctoral Fellows Mentored:
  • Fabio Antonini (CIERA Fellow, 2015 – 2018)
  • Sourav Chatterjee (CIERA Fellow, 2014 – 2018)
  • Francesca Valsecchi (CIERA Fellow, 2013 – 2016)
  • Smadar Naoz (Gruber Foundation Fellow, 2009 – 2011)
  • Paul Kiel (2009 – 2011)
  • Edward Thommes (2007 – 2009)
  • Stefan Umbreit (2006 – 2010)
  • Soko Matsumura (2006 – 2009)
  • John Fregeau (NASA Chandra Fellow, 2005 – 2008)
  • Natasha Ivanova (2002 – 2007)
  • Marc Freitag (2002 – 2004)
  • Joshua Faber (2001 – 2004)
  • Simon Portegies Zwart (NASA Hubble Fellow, 1997 – 2000)


TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2001 – Northwestern University, Department of Physics and Astronomy:
  • ASTRON 449: `Stellar Dynamics' (graduate-level introduction to galactic dynamics at the level of Binney & Tremaine).
  • ASTRON 445: 'General Relativity and Applications' (graduate-level introduction to general relativity and relativistic astrophysics).
  • ASTRON 390-JR: 'Astrobiology' (Junior Research Seminar).
  • ASTRON 331: 'Astrophysics' (advanced undergraduate introduction to theoretical astrophysics).
  • ASTRON 110: 'From Copernicus to Hawking: the People and Ideas that Shaped Modern Cosmology' (freshman seminar).
  • PHYS 345: 'Introduction to General Relativity' (undergraduate introduction to relativity at the level of Hartle)
  • PHYS 135: 'General Physics' (Section Instructor).
  • PHYS 125-1: Physics for ISP (honors level introduction to classical mechanics)
  • PHYS 110: 'Einstein's Outrageous Legacy' (freshman advising seminar)
  • PHYS 110: 'Origins: from Big Bang Cosmology to Astrobiology' (freshman advising seminar).
  • PHYS 110: 'The Physics of Armageddon' (freshman seminar).
  • AGEP Professor - Midwest Crossroads AGEP (NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate) - a partnership of Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue University to increase minority participation in graduate studies and academia.
  • supervised 8 PhD Theses (A. Gürkan, PhD '05; Genya Takeda, PhD '08; Emmanouela Rantsiou, PhD '09; Sourav Chatterjee, PhD '10;  Sanghamitra Goswami, PhD '13; Bharath Pattabiraman, PhD '14; Meagan Morscher, PhD '15; Carl Rodriguez, PhD '16).
  • supervised more than 50 REU and senior thesis students, and about 20 graduate students
  • mentored 13 postdocs (F. Antonini, S. Chatterjee, C. Deloye, J. Faber, J. Fregeau, M. Freitag, N. Ivanova, P. Kiel, S. Matsumura, S. Naoz, E. Thommes, S. Umbreit, F. Valsecchi).
1996 – 2001 MIT, Department of Physics:
  • 8.901: 'Astrophysics I' (graduate-level introduction to stellar astrophysics).
  • 8.03: 'Physics III' (sophomore-level course at the level of Crawford, Waves).
  • freshman advising seminars on Astrophysics.
  • supervised 3 PhD Theses (K. Joshi, PhD '00; J. Faber, PhD '01; J. Fregeau, PhD '03).
  • supervised 9 Physics senior theses.
  • supervised 17 undergraduate (REU/UROP) students, 5 graduate students, and one postdoctoral fellow (S. Portegies Zwart).
  • supervised high-school students in the Research Science Institute program.


ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
2013 – Editor for The Astrophysical Journal Letters
2015 – 2019 Member of the Advisory Board of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (Co-Chair, 2018-19).
2009 – 2013 Founding Co-Director, Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA).
2009 – Aspen Center for Physics, General Board Member; member of the Summer Program Selection (2010, 2015), Summer Admissions (2011, 2014, 2017, 2018), Library (2012), and Nominations (2016) committees; Colloquium Committee (2013, member; 2014, chair); Assistant Scientific Secretary (2017-18).
2009 – 2011 American Astronomical Society Warner Prize and Pierce Prize Committee member.
2006 – 2012 Northwestern University, Member of the Administrative Board of The Graduate School.
2006 – 2008 Northwestern University, Limited Submissions Committee member.
2005 – 2012 Scientific Editor for The Astrophysical Journal.
2005 – 2008 Northwestern University, Fulbright Fellowship Committee member.
2005-06 Northwestern University, Department of Materials Science Program Review Committee member.
2005 American Physical Society, World Year of Physics Talent Search Evaluator.
2004 – 2012 American Astronomical Society Employment Committee member; chair (2010-11).
2001 – Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences:
Committee on Tenure (2016 – 2019);
Committee on Appeals (2006 – 2011);
Interdisciplinary Committee on Evolutionary Processes (2005 – 2011);
Dean's ad-hoc committees (most years);
Integrated Science Program Committee (2001 – ).

2001 –

Northwestern University, Department of Physics and Astronomy:
Student Awards Committee member (2017-18);
Director of Graduate Studies for Astronomy PhD Program (2016 – );
Faculty Search Committees (member 2002-03, 2015-16; chair 2008-09, 2016-17);
Executive Committee member (2010 – 2017);
Director of Graduate Studies (2006 – 2008);
Promotion Committees (2007-08; 2008-09; 2014-15);
Graduate Admissions (2006-07; 2009-10; 2014-15; 2015-16);
Awards and Honors Committee (2005 – 2009; chair 2014-15);
Long-Term Planning Committee (member 2004-05; chair 2005-06);
Heilborn Lectures Committee (2003 – 2005);
Colloquium Committee (2004 – 2006; 2010 – 2012);
Graduate Curriculum and Advising Committee (member 2001 – 2003; chair 2006 – 2008);
Undergraduate Program Reform Committee (2002-03);
IGERT Nonlinear Dynamics Program Executive Committee (2002-03);
Graduate Program Reform Committee (2001-02);

2001 Joint NSF/NASA Task Force on Gravitational Wave Computation (Chair: Saul Teukolsky).
1986 – 1991 MIT, Department of Physics:
Astrophysics Colloquium Chair (1995 – 1998);
Graduate Admissions (1997, 1999);
Astrophysics Web Site Administrator (1996 – 2001);
Physics Theory Retreat Committee (1999 – 2001);
CSR Space Planning Advisory Committee (1997 – 2001);
Special Taskforce on Education Information (1997-98);
two promotion committees.
  • Proposal peer reviewer or review panel member/chair (US NSF, DOE, and NASA; European Research Council; Austrian Science Fund; Chilean CONICYT; Israel Science Foundation; French Agence Nationale de la Recherche; German DFG and Max Planck Society; Dutch NWO; Canadian NSERC and Canada Research Chairs Program; UK PPARC and Royal Society; Polish National Science Centre; Hong Kong Research Grants Council).
  • Peer reviewer for The Astrophysical Journal, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Icarus, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nature, Physical Review D, Physical Review Letters, Science.


CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION
  • International Conference on 'Extreme Solar Systems IV’ (Reykjavik, Iceland, August 2019; main organizer)
  • 12th International LISA Symposium (Chicago, Illinois, July 2018; SOC co-chair with S. Larson).
  • MODEST-18 Conference on 'Dense Stellar Systems in the Era of Gaia, LIGO, and LISA' (Santorini, Greece, June 2018; SOC co-chair with R. de Grijs)
  • International conference on 'Exoplanets and Planet Formation' (Shanghai, China, December 2017; SOC member).
  • Aspen Summer Program on `Astrophysics of Gravitational Radiation Sources and Multimessenger Astronomy in the Era of LIGO Detections', Organizer (with M. Campanelli, V. Kalogera, J. Krolik, & S. Sigurdsson), Aspen Center for Physics, July 2017.
  • Aspen Winter Conference Formation and Dynamical Evolution of Exoplanets (Aspen, CO, March 2017; main organizer).
  • Fellows at the Frontiers 2016 (Evanston, IL, August 2016; SOC Chair).
  • Binary Stars in Cambridge 2016 (Cambridge, United Kingdom, July 2016; SOC member).
  • International Conference on 'Extreme Solar Systems III’ (Waikoloa, Hawaii, November 2015; SOC co-chair with M. Mayor).
  • Aspen Winter Conference on 'Black Holes in Dense Star Clusters' (Aspen Center for Physics, Jan 2015; main organizer)
  • MODEST-14 Conference on 'The dance of stars: dense stellar systems from infant to old' (Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany,  June 2014, SOC member).
  • International Conference on 'Extreme Solar Systems II' (Jackson Hole, WY, September 2011; SOC co-chair with G. Marcy).
  • Special Joint DAP/DNS Session on `Neutron Stars and the Dense Matter Equation of State' at 2011 APS April Meeting (Anaheim, CA; co-organizer and co-chair with C. Horowitz).
  • International Conference on 'The Evolution of Interacting Binaries' (Mykonos, Greece, June 2010; SOC member), in honor of Ron Webbink.
  • Aspen Winter Conference on 'Formation and Evolution of Black Holes' (Aspen Center for Physics, Feb 2010; main organizer).
  • KITP Program on `Formation and Evolution of Globular Clusters' , Coordinator (with A. Sills, E. Vesperini, & S. Zepf), UC Santa Barbara, January - April, 2009.
  • Aspen Summer Program on `Characteristics and Habitability of Super Earths', Organizer (with E. Ford, L. Kaltenegger, & S. Seager), Aspen Center for Physics, August 2008.
  • IAU Symposium 246 on 'Dynamical Evolution of Dense Stellar Systems' (Capri, Italy, September 2007; SOC Member).
  • International Conference on '40 Years of Pulsars' (Montreal, Canada, August 2007; SOC Member), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the first radio pulsar by Bell Burnell and Hewish.
  • International Conference on 'Extreme Solar Systems' (Santorini, Greece, June 2007; SOC co-chair and proceedings co-editor), in honor of Alex Wolszczan.
  • 'Symposium on Relativity and Astrophysics' (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, June 2007; SOC Member), in honor of Saul Teukolsky.
  • Pale Blue Dot III (Adler Planetarium, Chicago, September 2006; SOC member, LOC member).
  • IAU General Assembly Joint Discussion on 'Compact Objects in Dense Star Clusters' (Prague, Czech Republic, August 2006; SOC co-chair and proceedings editor).
  • MODEST-6 Conference on 'Modeling Dense Stellar Systems' (Northwestern University, August 2005; main organizer).
  • Aspen Winter Conference on 'Planet Formation and Detection' (Aspen Center for Physics, Feb 2005; co-organizer).
  • Aspen Winter Conference on 'Binary Radio Pulsars' (Aspen Center for Physics, Jan 2004; co-organizer).
  • Co-organized 3 workshops for the NSF Center for Gravitational Wave Physics (at PSU) on 'Making Waves with Intermediate-Mass Black Holes' (May 2004; SOC member);
    'Gravitational Wave Phenomenology' (Nov 2003; SOC member); and
    'Source Simulation and Gravitational Wave Data Analysis' (Oct 2002; SOC member).
  • KITP Conference on 'Globular Clusters: Formation, Evolution and the Role of Compact Objects' (Santa Barbara, Jan 2003; coordinator).
  • Conference on 'Radio Pulsars' (Crete, Aug 2002; SOC member), in honor of Andrew Lyne, Dick Manchester and Joe Taylor.
  • Aspen Center for Physics Program on 'Compact Objects in Dense Star Clusters' (June 2001; co-organizer).
  • Colloquium on 'Stellar Collisions, Mergers, and Their Consequences' (June 2000; American Museum of Natural History, New York, SOC member).
  • Aspen Center for Physics Program on 'Physical Applications of Radio Pulsar Timing' (June 1998, main organizer)


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Updated October 2017