Curriculum Vitae

Current     Research Assistant Professor
Position    Department of Physics & Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
                    245C Morse Hall, 8 College Road
                    University of New Hampshire
                    Durham, NH 03824-2600
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                    dacheng.lin@unh.edu
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Education Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)                             Cambridge, MA
                    Ph.D., Physics, September 2009                                                       2003-2009
                    Thesis: The Accretion Process in the Neutron-Star Low-mass X-ray Binaries

                    University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)                 Hefei, China
                    B.S., Geophysics, July 2003                                                                1998-2003
                    Thesis: Angular Momentum of Non-axisymmetric Steady Solar Wind

    
                University of Science and Technology of China                               Hefei, China
                    Secondary B.E., Engineering Science, July 2002                             2000-2002
                    Thesis: Digital Signal Processor

Awards      MIT Leadership Appreciation Award (2009)
                    MIT Avery Ashdown Leadership Award (2008)
                    Winner of the American Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM, 2002)
                    Outstanding Student Scholarship (1st, 2002)
                    Outstanding Student Scholarship (2nd, 2001)
                    Outstanding Student Scholarship (1st, 2000)
                    Outstanding Student Scholarship (1st, 1999)

Press         <1> Black Hole Meal Sets Record for Length and Size (2017)
Release       
                    <2> X-ray Telescopes Find Evidence for Wandering Black Hole (2016)

                    <3> A Strong Heartbeat from a Gorging Supermassive Black Hole (2013)

                    <4> Star torn apart by Super Massive Black Hole (2011)

                    <5> Scientists Find Black Hole's 'Point of No Return' (2006)



Research    University of New Hampshire, Department of Physics
Experience & Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space         Durham, NH
                       Research Assistant Professor                                           August 2017present
 
  • Study accretion process around black holes across mass scale: from stellar-mass black holes in X-ray binaries to supermassive black holes in galactic nuclei
  • Search for tidal disruption events (tidal disruption of stars by otherwise dormant supermassive black holes)
  • Search for intermediate-mass black holes of mass 100--100,000 solar mass
  • Study large surveys/catalogs
                
       University of New Hampshire
    
                   Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space
Durham, NH
                       Research Scientist February 2014-August 2017       
 
  • Investigate the outbursting supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, especially their tidal disruption of stars
  • Search for distant off-nuclear intermediate-massive black holes so as to identify the remnants of massive population III stars in the early Universe or tidal stripping of merging satellite dwarf galaxies containing nuclear black holes
  • Study the properties of X-ray binaries in NGC 3115 using the Chandra extremely deep observations of this galaxy
  • Study the X-ray counterparts to Fermi unidentified GeV sources
  • Improve the unified model for neutron star low-mass X-ray binaries
                    University of Alabama, Department of Physics & Astronom         Tuscaloosa, AL
                    Postdoctoral Associate
    
                Advisor: Prof. Jimmy A. Irwin                                              August 2012-January 2014
 
  • Investigate the outbursting supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies, especially their tidal disruption of stars
  • Search for distant off-nuclear intermediate-massive black holes so as to identify the remnants of massive population III stars in the early Universe or tidal stripping of merging satellite dwarf galaxies containing nuclear black holes
  • Study the properties of X-ray binaries in NGC 3115 using the Chandra extremely deep observations of this galaxy.
                    Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie                    Toulouse, France
                    Postdoctoral Associate
                    Advisors: Dr. Didier Barret, Dr. Natalie Webb                         September 2009-July 2012
 
  • XMM-Newton data screener, screening the real-time XMM-Newton data product and producing the quality report
  • Member of XMM-Newton Science Analysis Software Developing Working Group, including daily compiling and testing of the software
  • Systematic classification of point sources in the XMM-Newton X-ray Serendipitous Source Catalogue, studying the long-term and short-term X-ray variability for different classes, correlating with other wavelengths, optimizing the criteria to differentiate different classes, and searching for new interesting X-ray sources with significant scientific values, such as cooling neutron stars and new X-ray transients.
  • Studying X-ray binaries using XMM-Newton data in combinations with other X-ray instruments.
                    MIT, Department of Physics                                                                     Cambridge, MA
                    Advisor: Dr. Ronald A. Remillard                                 September 2003-September 2009           
 
  • Investigate the accretion process in the neutron-star low-mass X-ray binaries using data from many X-ray instruments, including RXTE, Chandra, XMM-Newton, Suzaku, Swift and BeppoSAX.
  • Scrutinize RXTE/ASM weekly all-sky maps to detect new X-ray transients.
  • Develop a new solution to the decades-old problem of spectral modeling of the accreting neutron stars.
  • Analyze the transient neutron-star binary XTE J1701-462 to find the direct global relation among different types of accreting neutron stars and the causes of the spectral evolution at high accretion rates.
  • Develop software for the Fourier frequency resolved spectroscopy.
                    USTC, School of Earth and Space Sciences                                                        Hefei, China
                    Advisor: Prof. Youqiu Hu                                                                 September 2002-July 2003
 
  • Work on two-fluid non-axisymmetric MHD numerical simulation of the solar wind evolving from the sun to the earth.
  • Quantify the angular momentum in the solar wind and investigated how it transports in the non-axisymmetric case.
                    USTC, School of Earth and Space Sciences                                                        Hefei, China
                    Advisor: Prof. Xiankang Dou                                                            September 2001-July 2003
 
  • Construct a neural-network model for space weather prediction.
  • Design neural-network software to predict the long-term space weather.





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