प्रणाम! I'm an astrophysicist and a scientist in the gravitational-wave experiment LIGO. I am also heavily involved in science and education policy. The Forbes listed me as a "30 Under 30 global leading young change-makers and innovators ". 

I obtained Ph.D. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and double bachelors degrees in Physics and Astronomy-Astrophysics from the Pennsylvania State University. My K-12 schooling was from the Gujarat State Board in India.  

My primary research focus is to understand the black holes in our universe, and test Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. I was part of the international team of scientists which detected the first gravitational waves, and a co-recipient of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, American Physical Society Distinguished Student Award and Vanderbilt University Prize.

I held the Sam Nunn Fellowship in National Security, and served as the Vice-President of the Graduate Student Body at Georgia Institute of Technology.   

I often write about 'science & society' in major news outlets, and actively engage with schools & universities in India to enhance science education. And, I very much look forward to collaborate with students from all disciplines, academicians and artists.

 

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

Ph.D. Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2012-2017
Thesis: "Journey of Binary Black Holes: From Supercomputers to LIGO to Universe"

B.S. Physics, B.S Astronomy-Astrophysics, Minor Mathematics
Pennsylvania State University, USA, 2007-2011
Project: "Orbital Configuration of LISA-like Space-Based Gravitational Wave Detectors"

B.Sc Physics (F.Y)
Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, 2006-2007

Gujarat State Higher Education Board
Shreyas Vidyalaya, India, 2006

Experience

PostDoctoral Research Fellow 
Center for Relativistic Astrophysics
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
2017-Current

Doctoral Researcher 
School of Physics,
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
2012-2017

LIGO Scientific Collaboration Fellow 
LIGO Livingston Observatory
California Institute of Technology, USA
2016

Sam Nunn Security Program Fellow 
Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
2015

Research Assistant
Institute for Gravitation and Cosmos
Pennsylvania State University, USA
2008-2012

Research Intern
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Waterloo, Canada
2009

Research Intern
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute)
Potsdam, Germany
2008

Awards and Recognition

Forbes 30 Under 30
2017 List of Influential Global Personalities   

Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics,
Co-Recipient as part of LIGO Scientific Collaboration
for Detection of Gravitational Waves, 2016

National Security Fellowship,
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, 2015

Distinguished Student Travel Award,
American Physical Society & Forum of International Physics, 2015

Student Visitation Award,
Indo-US Science & Technology Forum, 2013

Vanderbilt University Prize,
Undergraduate Research in Physics & Astronomy, National finalist , 2009

First Prize in Physical Sciences,
Research Exhibition, Pennsylvania State University, 2009

Marsh W. White Outreach Award, American Physical Society, 2009

Selected Publications

  1. Georgia Tech Catalog of Gravitational Waveforms
    - K. Jani, J. Healy, J. Clark, L. London, D. Shoemaker, P. Laguna
      Classical & Quantum Gravity, Special Issue Article, Volume 33, Number 20 | 2016

  2. Search for Intermediate Mass Black Hole Binaries in the First Observing Run of Advanced LIGO
    -  K. Jani with LIGO Scientific Collaboration,  Physical Review D96, 022001 | 2017

  3. The Promise and Prejudice of Big Data in Intelligence Community
     -  K. Janito appear in Springer Focused Edition, arXiv: 1610.08629| 2016 

  4. Impact of International Cooperation for Sustaining Space-Science Programs
    -  K. Jani,  arXiv:1610.08618| 2016

  5. Pointing LISA-like Gravitational Wave Detectors
    - K. JaniL. S. Finn and M. Benacquista, arXiv:1306.3253| 2013

  6. A Parameter Estimation Method that Directly Compares Gravitational Wave Observations to Numerical Relativity
    - J. Lange et. al (K. Jani with 26 authors), submitted to Classical & Quantum Gravity,   
      arXiv: 1705.09833 | 2017 

  7. Directly Comparing GW150914 with Numerical Solutions of Einstein’s Equations for  Binary Black Hole Coalescence
    - K. Jani with LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Physical Review D 94, 064035 | 2016

  8. Observing Gravitational-Wave Transient GW150914 with Minimal Assumptions
    - K. Jani with LIGO Scientific Collaboration, Physical Review D 93, 122004 | 2016

  9. Connecting Numerical Relativity and Data Analysis of Gravitational Wave Detectors
    - D. Shoemaker, K. Jani, L. London and L. Pekowsky, Proceedings of the 3rd Session of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics,  vol. 40, 245, arXiv: 1503.02674| 2015

  10. GW170104: Observation of a 50-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence at Redshift 0.2
    -  K. Jani with LIGO Scientific Collaboration,  Physical Review Letters 118, 221101 | 2017

  11. GW151226: Observation of Gravitational Waves from a 22-Solar-Mass Binary Black Hole Coalescence
    -  K. Jani with LIGO Scientific Collaboration,  Physical Review Letters 116, 241103 | 2016

  12. Observation of Gravitational Waves from a Binary Black Hole Merger
    -  K. Jani with LIGO Scientific Collaboration,  Physical Review Letters 116, 061102| 2016