About Bill

First things first...

First off, view my CV for the most up-to-date and formal information. Read on for a more colloquial self-description.

Where I came from

I grew up in rural Illinois and did my undergrad studies at Eastern Illinois University, getting degrees in Mathematics and Physics and overall having a great time.

While at EIU, I worked with Professor Leo Comerford of the Mathematics department for my honors thesis as well as smaller projects with Professors Don Pakey and Jim Conwell in the Physics department. During the summer of my Junior year, I worked with Professor Eric Blackman as part of an NSF-sponsored research experience for undergraduates at the University of Rochester

After completing my undergraduate studies in 2010, I moved on to the Astronomy group within the Department of Physics at the University of California Santa Barbara where I completed my dissertation on accreting white dwarfs under the supervision of Lars Bildsten, ultimately receiving my Ph.D. in 2017.

EIU's Booth Library and Clock Tower
EIU's beautiful Booth Library and clock tower.
A Saguaro cactus at sunset
One of Arizona's stately Saguaro cacti at sunset. Credit: Saguaro Pictures / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Where I Am

I currently live in Scottsdale, AZ and work as a postdoc at the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University under the supervision of Frank Timmes. Here I'm continuing the work I started as a grad student, studying accretion and nuclear burning on white dwarf stars. I continue to make use of the open source stellar evolution code Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics, and as part of my work, I help in the development of the code and in exploring how it can be used to astronomy education.

What I do for fun

In my spare time, I like playing piano, trying new wines, playing card, board, and video games. Lately I've been enjoying exploring the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Tempe area that I currently call home. On longer breaks, I enjoy snow skiing with family and friends.

Bill and Sebastian Skiing
A former graduate school classmate, Sebastian Fischetti, and I at the summit of Winter Park Ski Resort in Winter Park, CO.

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