Monica Rizzo

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I am currently an incoming member of the Astronomy PhD program at Northwestern University. During the spring of 2018, I graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Physics and an immersion in Mathematics.

For the past four years, I have been a member of the LIGO scientific collaboration, and have contributed to various studies of gravitational waves. In particular, I work on ways to optimize and automate the methods we use to interpret gravitational wave signals. For more on my research, see here.

For the next few months, before I move to Chicago, I will be travelling the country and living out of my most recent project, Simone. Simone is a 1999 Ford E-150 cargo van, which I am currently in the process of converting to a tiny living space. I'll be documenting most of the conversion process here if you're interested in what my build looks like.

Stay tuned for adventures and cool science stuff!

Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the theory of relativity and principals of uncertainty. Phenomena that determine the course of our lives....These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. That each point of intersection, each encounter, suggest a new potential direction.

-David Mitchell