Frederic A. Rasio
Dept of Physics and Astronomy
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston, IL 60208
Tel: (847) 491 7904    
Administrative Assistant:    
Lisa Raymond: (847) 491 8646    
Fax: (847) 467 8857    
rasio@northwestern.edu    
ciera.northwestern.edu/rasio    


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 advisor: Prof. Stuart L. Shapiro.
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 (2001-2002, 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 (1991-1992);
Research Assistant, Department of Astronomy (1988-1991);
Teaching Assistant, Department of Physics (1986-1988).


AWARDS AND HONORS
2006 – 2007 Research Mentor Award (Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences).
2006 Fellow of the American Physical Society.
2004 – 2005 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).


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 345: 'Introduction to General Relativity' (undergraduate introduction to relativity at the level of Hartle)
  • 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 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 40 REU and senior thesis students, 17 graduate students, and 12 postdocs (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 Co-Director, Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)
2009 – Aspen Center for Physics, General Board Member; Summer Program Selection, Winter Conference Selection, Summer Admissions, Nominating Committees, and Colloquium Committee (Chair).
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 – 2006 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 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:
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 – );
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 – 09; chair 2014 – 15);
Long-Term Planning Committee (member 2004 – 05; chair 2005 – 06);
Heilborn Lectures Committee (2003 – 2005);
Colloquium Committee (2004 – 06; 2010 – 12);
Graduate Curriculum and Advising Committee (member 2001 – 2003; chair 2006 – 2008);
Undergraduate Program Reform Committee (2002 – 2003);
IGERT Nonlinear Dynamics Program Executive Committee (2002 – 2003);
Graduate Program Reform Committee (2001 – 2002);

2001 Joint NSF/NASA Task Force on Gravitational Wave Computation (Chair: Saul Teukolsky).
1986 – 1991 MIT, Department of Physics:
Astrophysics Colloquium Chair (1995 – 98);
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 and review panel member (NASA, NSF, NSERC, PPARC).
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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 Programs on 'Physical Applications of Radio Pulsar Timing' (June 1998, main organizer) and '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).


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Updated September 2016