Monica Rizzo

Rochester Institute of Technology


mxr5584 at
Department of Physics and Astronomy,
Rochester Institute of Technology,
54 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623

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I am a rising senior in the Rochester Institute of Technology's undergraduate Physics major, participating in reasearch in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics. As a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, I have worked on developing more accurate and efficient ways to interpret gravitational waves, advised by Dr. Richard O'Shaughnessy. As an REU student in the 2017 CIERA Northwestern cohort, I studied the effect of neutron star nuclear equation of state on ejected matter and kilonova emission in binary neutron star and black hole-neutron star mergers, under Dr. Vicky Kalogera and Dr. Chris Pankow. Learn more here.

I am primarily involved in binary neutron stars and neutron star-black hole modeling projects, but have a general interest in relativistic astrophysics and compact binaries. I am also very interested in numerical simulation and data analysis techniques, and am particularly fond of cubic spline interpolation. When I'm not writing code or doing math for fun, I enjoy rock climbing, botany, and working as a freelance graphic designer.