About Bill

First things first...

First off, click here for my CV. 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 on a departmental honors project studying hyperbolic groups, and during the summer of my Junior year, I went to the University of Rochester on an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) grant to work with Professor Eric Blackman to model the formation of jets in magnetized accretion disks.

EIU's Booth Library and Clock Tower
EIU's beautiful Booth Library and clock tower.
Evening view from Skyhouse
Evening view of Morro Bay from Skyhouse, the location for an iPTF Theory Network summit near San Luis Obispo, CA.

Where I am

After four years at EIU, I moved to my current position in sunny Santa Barbara, CA to pursue a Ph. D. in Physics. Currently I'm working with Lars Bildsten to model accreting white dwarfs in various configurations. The main tool I use is Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics, or MESA as it is usually called.

I also work with Andy Howell on detecting superluminous supernovae in the SNLS dataset.

At this point I have received my M.A. in Physics and will defend my thesis in September 2016.

What I do for fun

While I'm not in meetings or coding in my office, I enjoy exploiting my fortunate location by laying out in the sun, going wine tasting, or trying out any of the fine eating establishments in the Santa Barbara area.

When I'm feeling more indoorsy, I enjoy tinkering around with coding in Ruby, learning new board games, and playing the piano. 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.

Contact Information

Snail Mail

Department of Physics
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


(309) 945-5735