Dr. Michael KatzJunior Scientist/Postdoc
My research focuses on fast waveform creation and data analysis related to the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA), a future space-based gravitational wave detector. I work on a variety of different gravitational wave sources, including massive black hole binaries and extreme mass ratio inspirals. Within the waveform creation area, I work to accelerate waveforms through a variety of computational methods. I then take these accelerated waveforms and develop LISA data analysis tools based on Bayesian statistical techniques.
I was awarded two BSc degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. After graduating, I worked in industry as a process engineer and supervisor at a nickel alloy manufacturing plant in Huntington, West Virginia, United States. Looking for a different kind of challenge, I returned to academia to pursue a PhD in Physics at Northwestern University. With the help of my advisor Professor Shane Larson, as well as many friends and mentors, I was awarded my PhD in May 2020. In October 2020, I moved to Germany where I am now a Postdoc and Junior Scientist working in Jonathan Gair’s research group in Alessandra Buonanno's department.