Curriculum Vitae - Robert Fisher

Professional Experience

• Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2014 –  current) 

• Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2008 –  2014) 

• Research Scientist and Astrophysics Group Leader, DOE Advanced Scientific Computing  (ASC) Flash Center, Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Chicago (2005–  2008) 

• Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Postdoctoral Research Associate, (AX Division,  2002-2005) 


Education 

• University of California at Berkeley, Ph.D., (Physics, 2002) 

– Thesis : “Single and Multiple Star Formation in Turbulent Giant Molecular Cloud Cores” 

– Thesis Advisors : Christopher F. McKee and Richard I. Klein 

• University of California at Berkeley, M.S., (Physics, 1998) 

• Caltech, B.S. with Honors, (Physics, 1994) 


Academic and Professional Honors, Visiting Professorships 

• Visiting Professor, International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics (2016 –  current) 

• Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) visiting faculty (2016 - 2017)

Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP) Scholar (2014 - 2016)

• Department of Energy Certificate of Service (2009),  awarded to members of the Flash Center “For... leadership in advancing the field of computational science and engineering by using high-performance computing within the University of Chicago Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Alliance Center to elevate the understanding of the physical problems of nuclear ignition, detonation, and turbulent mixing of complex multi-component fluids and other materials as represented by supernovae.” 

• NASA Graduate Student Research Fellowship (1998 - 2001) 

• Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Sciences (IGPP) Fellowship (1997) 

• NASA/University of California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory Summer Research Fellowship (1996) 

• California Institute of Technology B.S. Physics with Honors (1994)

• George W. and Bernice E. Green Prize for Creative Scholarship (1994), awarded annually to a Caltech undergraduate for outstanding research


Principal Investigator Grants Awarded

2016 NSF XSEDE Supercomputer Allocation on Stampede :981,816.0 SUs ($38,000 equivalent)

2015  NSF XSEDE Supercomputer Allocation on Stampede : 1,461,623.0 SUs ($51,000 equivalent)

2010 NSF MRI-R2 : “Acquisition of a Heterogeneous Terascale Shared Campus Computing Facility” (10/01/10 - 10/01/11) $199,480 

2007-2008 University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory Joint Theory Institute : “Support for International Collaboration on Turbulence Research,”  $78,000 

2005 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory : “Large-Scale 3-D Simulation of Weakly-Compressible Homogeneous Isotropic Turbulence with Lagrangian Tracer Particles,” 26.7 Million CPU hours on IBM BG/L (then #1 on top 500 supercomputer list in the world) 


Co-Principal Investigator Grants Awarded 

2010 AFOSR DURIP : “Acquisition of a Heterogenous Terascale Shared Campus Computing Facility” (10/01/10 - 10/01/11, PI S. Gottlieb, University Massachusetts Dartmouth)  $199,800


Selected Upcoming and Recent Presentations

ASTRONUM17, 6/29/2017

AAS 229, "The Fate of Exploding Chandrasekhar-Mass White Dwarfs: The Production of Stable Iron Peak Elements in SNR 3C 397," 1/6/2017

UMass Amherst Astronomy Colloquium, 12/8/2016

Harvard Center for Astrophysics, Institute for Theory and Computation Colloquium, 10/20/2016

Harvard Center for Astrophysics, Institute for Theory and Computation Luncheon, 10/20/2016

Tufts University Physics & Astronomy Colloquium, 10/7/2016

Invited Talk, ICRANet Pescara Meeting, 6/2016

AAS 227, 1/6/2016

UMass HPC Day, 11/14/2014

Harvard Center for Astrophysics, Institute for Theory and Computation Luncheon, 10/16/2014

Harvard Center for Astrophysics, Institute for Theory and Computation Colloquium, 10/16/2014

Type Ia Supernova Workshop, University of Chicago, 9/15 - 9/19/14

Unquiet Universe Meeting, Cefalù, Sicily, 6/9 - 6/14/14 

AAS 224th Meeting, 6/5/2014

“Big Data Challenges in Petascale Computational Astrophysics Simulations,” UMass Boston Big Data Workshop, 10/4/2013

“Exploding Stars and the Accelerating Cosmos,” Maria Mitchell Observatory, Nantucket Island, 6/19/2013 

“High Performance Computing in Computational Astrophysics,” High Performance Computing in Computational Science & Engineering Seminar,  UMass Amherst, 9/28/2012

“Turbulence in Type Ia Supernovae Simulations,” New England Numerical Analysis Day (NENAD),  UMass Amherst, 4/21/2012

“Turbulence in Type Ia Supernovae Simulations,” American Physical Society April Meeting,  Invited Session on Advancements in Computational Physics Using NSF’s TeraGrid/XSEDE Resources, Atlanta, 4/1/2012

“Turbulence in Star Formation,”  Harvard Center for Astrophysics, Institute for Theory and Computation Seminar Pizza Lunch, 2/22/2012

“Simulating the Single And Double Degenerate Channels of Type Ia Supernovae,”  Harvard Center for Astrophysics, Institute for Theory and Computation, 2/7/2012


Publications

See my publication list.


Service to Field

Reviewer for NSF, NASA Chandra, and NASA postdoc panels. Reviewer for Nature, Astrophysical Journal, and Physical Review Journals.


Professional Memberships

American Physical Society (APS), International Astronomical Union (IAU), American Astronomical Society (AAS), National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), and Society of Physics Students (SPS).