Curriculum Vitae

 
 

Education

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physics
Georgia Institute of Technology, May 2017
Thesis: "Journey of Binary Black Holes: From Supercomputers to LIGO to Universe"
Advisor: Prof. Deirdre Shoemaker


Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics,
B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics,
Minor in Mathematics

Pennsylvania State University, May 2011
Project: "Orbital Configuration of LISA-like Space-Based Gravitational Wave Detectors"
Advisor: Prof. Lee Samuel Finn


First Year, B.Sc in Physics

Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, 2006-2007


Gujarat State Education Board (up to 12th grade)

Shreyas Vidyalaya, Vadodara, India, 2006

 

Professional Experience

 

Gravitational Radiation in Astrophysics
at Vanderbilt, In TheorY (GRAVITY) Postdoctoral Fellow
 
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Vanderbilt University, USA, 2019-Present

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 
Center for Relativistic Astrophysics,
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2017-2019

LIGO Scientific Collaboration Fellow 
On-site at LIGO Livingston Observatory,
California Institute of Technology, USA, 2016

Sam Nunn Security Fellow 
Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2015-2016

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

Undergraduate Research Fellow
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Quantum Gravity division, Canada, May-August 2010

Summer Research
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute), Germany, May-August 2009

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

 

Honors, Awards and Grants

 
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 (science), 2017

  • CNN-News18 Tech Personality of The Year (Viewer's Choice Winner), 2017

  • Sam Nunn Security Fellowship (funded by the MacArthur Foundation), 2016

  • LIGO Scientific Collaboration Fellowship, Caltech, 2016

  • Office of the Executive Vice-President of Research Award,
    4th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017

  • Gravitational-Wave-International-Committee-Braccini Thesis Prize (Honorable Mention), 2017

  • Distinguished Student Award by American Physical Society & Forum of International Physics, 2016

  • Student Visitation Award from American Physical Society & the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum, 2013

  • First Prize in College of Sciences at Career, Research, and Innovation Development Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Three Minute Thesis Competition (Finalist), Georgia Institute of Technology,

  • First Prize in Physical Sciences at Undergraduate Research Exhibition, Pennsylvania State University

  • Vanderbilt University Prize (National Finalist) for Undergraduate Research in Physics & Astronomy

  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics - selected for their prestigious Undergraduate Research Program

  • International Grant-in-Aid for Academic Performance at Pennsylvania State University

  • Bronze Medal at University Physics Competition

  • Travel Award from American Institute of Physics

  • Best Poster on Display at Astronomy & Astrophysics Undergraduate Research Symposium, Pennsylvania State University

  • Marsh W. White Outreach Award from the American Physical Society (Shared with SPS Penn State)

  • Eberly College of Science Dean’s List

Shared with LIGO Detection Team:

  • Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for "The Observation of Gravitational Waves, Opening New Horizons in Astronomy & Physics"

  • Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, "for the direct detection of ripples in space-time anticipated by Albert Einstein"

  • Bruno Rossi Prize from the High Energy Astrophysics Division of the American Astronomical Society

  • Einstein Medal awarded by the Einstein Society in Bern, Switzerland

  • Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize

 

Distinguished Speaking & Named Lectures

 

Official TED Conference
"Listening to the Universe"
TED Talks India, January 2018

P. C. Vaidya Memorial Lecture
Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, January 2018

R. H. Jani Memorial Lecture
"બ્રહ્માંડ મારી દ્રષિટિએ"
Shreyas Education Trust, India, February, 2018

Forbes Under 30 Summit
"Secrets of The Universe"
Boston, MA, October, 2017 

Google X Labs 
“Q&A on First Joint Detection on Gravitational Waves & Light" 
Mountain View, CA, October 2017

United States Consulate General in Mumbai and Nehru Science Center
"Kathak of Cosmic Black Holes"
Mumbai, India, August, 2017  

Prof. P. C. Vaidya Centennial Lecture
Gujarat University, 2017

Documentary For DD National
"Nobel Minds"
Science City, Gujarat, India, January, 2017

International Conclave on Higher Education, Vibrant Gujarat
Distinguished Speaker - "Building Institution of Higher Education for Innovation"
Gandhinagar, India, October, 2016

Confederation of Indian Industries 
Distinguished Speaker - “Interface of Mega Science Projects with Industries”
Laxmi Vilas Palace, India, August, 2016

Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India
“How We Proved Einstein Right After 100 Years (& why every Indian should care)”
Prithvi Bhavan, New Delhi, August, 2016

 

Leadership, Service and Advisory Appointments

 

@ Georgia institute of technology (EST: 1885)

  • Appointee by the Office of Provost at Georgia Institute of Technology
    for Technology Fee Working Group, Budget: $6 Million annually, Learn More
    2015 - 2017

  • Einstein Programming Committee
    2016 - 2019

  • Vice-President of Graduate Student Government
    2015 - 2017

  • Co-Chair of Institute-wide Technology Fee Committee
    Allocating annual budget of $6 million
    2014 - 2015

  • Elections Director of Student Government Association
    Conducting graduate student election across all colleges and schools
    2015 - 2016

  • Treasurer of Joint Finance Committee
    Reviewing annual budget of $6 million for student activities fees
    2015

  • Graduate Student Senator
    Representing School of Physics
    2014 - 2015

  • Co-Founder & Vice-President of India Club’s Graduate Body
    Largest student organization at Georgia Institute of Technology
    2014

@ India

  • Advisory Committee to the Government of Gujarat, India
    on Student Startup and Innovation Policy
    Budget: $3 million over 5 years, Impact: 1.4 million students, Learn More
    2017 - Present

  • Board of Trustee at Shreyas Education Trust (Est: 1965)
    Three K-12 schools in Vadodara, India
    Impact: 200+ full-time teachers, 6000+ students, Learn More
    2015 - Present

  • Academic Advisory, P. P. Savani University
    Gujarat, India Learn More
    2017 - Present

 

Teaching and Advising

 

Student Guidance

  • Grace Kim, Georgia Tech (Undergraduate Research Project, grad student at SUNY Stony Brook), 2017 - 2019

  • Sam Lehman, Georgia Tech (Undergraduate Research Project, grad student at University of Massachusetts), 2017 - 2019

  • William Wills, Georgia Tech, USA (Summer REU, Advisor: D. Shoemaker), 2016

  • Heena Luthra, Amity University, India (Advisor on Master's Thesis), 2016 - 2017

  • Shivan Mittal, Georgia Tech (Undergraduate Research Project), 2017 - 2018

  • Karan Patel, M. S. University, India (Advised on Honor's Project, grad student at Leibniz Universität), 2016

  • Ankit Maisuriya, M.S. University, India (Mentor for SpaceX Student Club, grad student at Niagara College), 2016

 

teaching experience

Research Mentor, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA:

  • Vertically-Integrated Projects Program on LIGO data analysis, undergraduate class, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA:

  • PHYS 3123: "Advanced Electrodynamics", undergraduate class, Fall 2015

  • PHYS 3266: "Computational Physics", undergraduate class, Fall 2014

  • PHYS 2212: "Introductory Electromagnetism", undergraduate class, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2013

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, USA:

  • PHYS 214: "Wave Motion & Quantum Physics", undergraduate class, Spring 2011

  • PHYS 212: "Introductory Electromagnetism", undergraduate class, Spring 2011

 

Speaking Engagments

 

Talks @ Universities & conferences

  • “Intermediate-Mass Black Hole Population in Multi-band Gravitational Waves”
    12th International LISA Symposium, Chicago, July 8-13, 2018

  • “Citizen Science & Machine Learning for Gravitational Wave Astronomy” [Invited]
    Machine Learning in Science and Engineering Conference
    Carnegie Mellon University, June 10-12, 2018

  • “Numerical Relativity and Intermediate-Mass Black Hole Search in O2”
    LIGO-Virgo Collaboration Meeting, Sonoma, March 19, 2018

  • “How massive a black hole can we see with Advanced LIGO (& 3G)?”
    California Institute of Technology, LIGO Data Analysis Group, September 25, 2017

  • “In Search of the Goldilocks of Black Holes” [First Prize]
    4th Annual Postdoctoral Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, Sept. 21, 2017

  • “Vaidya Metric and 100 Years of Black Hole Solution” [Public Lecture]
    P. C. Vaidya Birth Centenary Year Lecture, Gujarat University, September 9, 2017 

  • “How massive a black hole can we see with Advanced LIGO?”
    LIGO-Virgo Collaboration Meeting, CERN, August 28-September 1, 2017 

  • “Black Holes, Legacy of Einstein and LIGO–India” [Invited]
    United States Consulate General in Mumbai and University of Mumbai
    Physics Colloquium, July 14, 2017

  • “Interaction on Black Holes and LIGO–India” [Public Lecture]
    Gujarat University, July 13, 2017

  • “Colliding Black Holes: From Supercomputers to LIGO to Universe” [Invited]
    Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, July 7, 2017 

  • “Journey of Binary Black Holes: From Supercomputers to LIGO to Universe” [Invited]
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India, May 16, 2017

  • “Search for Intermediate-Mass Black Holes in Advanced LIGO”  [Invited] 
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Gravitational Astrophysics Laboratory
    April 11, 2017

  • “Search for Intermediate-Mass Black Holes in Advanced LIGO (and Beyond)”
    Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics & Cosmology, Stanford, March 21, 2017 

  • “Search for intermediate mass black hole binaries in the first observing run of aLIGO”
    LIGO-Virgo Collaboration Meeting, Pasadena, California, March 13-16 2017

  • “First Detection of Black Holes” [First Prize for Poster]
    Career, Research and Innovation Development Conference
    Georgia Institute of Technology, February 28, 2017

  • “LIGO and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity”  [Invited]
    P. P. Savani University, Gujarat, India, February 7, 2017

  • “Importance of Fundamental Science”  [Invited]
    Part of documentary on Doordarshan News (India’s Public Service Broadcaster)
    Science City, Gandhinagar, India, January 25, 2017

  • “Journey of Binary Black Holes”  [Invited]
    Raja Ramanna Center for Advance Technologies (Nodal LIGO-India Institute)
    Indore, India, January 4, 2017 

  • “Gravitational Waves from BBHs in Future Detectors”   [Invited]
    GW Seminar, Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Pune, India, December 30, 2016 

  • “LIGO and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity” [Invited]
    Vishwakarma Government Engineering College, Gandhinagar, India, Oct. 20, 2016 

  • “Intermediate-Mass Black Hole Binaries: Update on O1 Paper”
    LIGO-Virgo Collaboration Meeting, Glasgow, Scotland
    August 20-September 1 2016 

  • “Discourse on LIGO-India Project” [Public Lecture]
    Gujarat Technological University, India, August 23, 2016

  • “Journey of Binary Black Holes: From Supercomputer to LIGO to Universe” [Invited]
    Institute of Plasma Research (Nodal LIGO-India Institute)
    Gujarat, August 23, 2016  

  • “Era of Gravitational Wave Astronomy”  [Public Lecture]
    Jawaharlal Nehru University, August 18, 2016 

  • ”Journey of Binary Black Holes” [Invited]
    Delhi University, August 17, 2016 

  • ”Journey of Binary Black Holes: From Supercomputers to LIGO to Universe” [Invited]
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Physics, Astronomy & Astrophysics Seminar, Aug 12, 2016 

  • “Binary Black Holes in LIGO” [Lecture Series]
    Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, India, August 8-10, 2017
    Lecture-1: “Search for Massive Black Hole Binaries in LIGO”
    Lecture-2: “Role of Numerical Relativity Simulations in LIGO”
    Lecture-3: “Using Binary Black Hole Simulations to explore LIGO Discoveries-Tutorial”

  • ”Black Holes and Einstein” [Invited]
    Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan, August 3-6, 2016 

  • “Journey of Binary Black Holes: From Supercomputer to LIGO to Universe” [Invited]
    Physical Research Laboratory, Astronomy-Astrophysics Division Seminar
    (National Research Institute for Space & Allied Sciences), India, July 29, 2016 

  • “Gravitational Waves: Sixth Sense to Understand Universe” [Public Lecture]
    Seva-Tirth Trust for Differently Abled, India, July 28, 2016 

  • “How We Proved Einstein Right After 100 Years” [Public Lecture]
    Navrachana University, India, July 27, 2016

  • ”Black Holes, Legacy of Einstein and LIGO-India” [Public Lecture]
    M. S. University, India, July 26, 2016

  • ”Confronting Numerical Relativity With Nature: A model-independent
    characterization of binary black-hole systems in LIGO”
    American Physical Society Meeting, Salt Lake City, April 16-19, 2016 

  • “Big Data and Intelligence Community”
    Sam Nunn Security Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, April 21, 2016 

  • “Fate of Einstein’s Legacy and Black-Hole Collisions”
    Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, India, January 4, 2016

  • “Criterion for Space-Science Policy of Developing Nations”
    Sam Nunn Security Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, November 19, 2015 

  • “Searching for Black Hole Collisions in the Universe” [Finalist]
    Three-Minute Thesis Comptetition, Georgia Institute of Technology, Nov. 18, 2015 

  • “Our Home in The Universe” [Public Lecture]
    GT Public Night, September 24, 2015 

  • “Burst Search for Intermediate-Mass Binary Black Holes in Engineering Run-7”
    LIGO-Virgo Collaboration Meeting, Budapest, August 20-September 1 2015 

  • “Learning About Generic Binary Black Hole Simulations “
    18th East Coast Gravity Meeting and Beyond the First Century of General Relativity Rochester Institute of Technology, May 2015

  • “Precessing Binary Black-Holes and Their Spin Formulas”
    American Physical Society Meeting, Savannah, April 5-8, 2014 

  • “Investigating Black-Hole Dynamics”
    Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference, Atlanta, GA

  • “How Binary Black-Hole System Lose Hair”  [Invited]
    Young Researcher’s Conclave, Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar
    India, January  2014 

  • “How Big is The Universe” [Public Lecture]
    GT Public Night, September 23, 2014

  • “Final Product of A Binary Black Hole System” [Invited]
    Center for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Milia Islamia University
    New Delhi India, December  2013 

  • “Final Spin of A Binary Black-Hole System”
    Gravitational Wave Physics & Astronomy Workshop, Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
    India, December 17- 20, 2013

  • “Choosing The Initial LISA Orbital Configuration”
    Undergraduate Exhibition at For the Future Campaign Kick-off
    Pennsylvania State University, August 12, 2010 

  • “Some Ideas on Quantum Gravity Phenomenology” [Invited]
    Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada, July, 2010

  • “Choosing The Initial LISA Orbital Configuration”
    The Spring Undergraduate Research Exhibition
    Pennsylvania State University, April 7, 2010

  • “Choosing The Initial LISA Orbital Configuration” [Best Poster]
    Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
    of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics,
    Pennsylvania State University, February, 25 2010 

  • “Choosing The Initial LISA Orbital Configuration”
    April 2010 American Physical Society/AAPT Meeting
    Washington DC, February 15, 2010 

  • “Testing the No-Hair Theorem of General Relativity with S-stars” [Invited]
    Gravitational Physics Group, Cardiff University, UK, July 17, 2009

  • “Effect of Initial Orientation on The Sensitivity Pattern of LISA” [Invited]
    Gravitational Physics Group, Cardiff University, UK , July 17, 2009

  • “Pointing Space Based Gravitational Wave Telescope” [First Prize]
    Spring Undergraduate Research Exhibition
    Pennsylvania State University, April 8, 2009 

  • “Sensing the Sensitivity of LISA”
    Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium
    of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics,
    Pennsylvania State University, February, 26 2009

  • “Sensing the Sensitivity of LISA”
    Sigma Pi Sigma Quadrennial Congress, Fermi National Laboratory, USA
    November 6, 2008 

  • “Antenna Pattern of LISA”
    Eberly College of Science Graduate & Undergraduate Research Fair
    Pennsylvania State University, October 4, 2008

Publications

 

Scientific Publications (70+ papers in international physics journals, 17,500+ citations)

Invited Columns & Op-Eds  in News Media