Brian O'Shea

Brian O'Shea

Graduate Director, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering;
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Room 1508F, Engineering Building
 428 S. Shaw Ln.
 (517) 432-0331

About Me

B.S., 2000, Engineering Physics, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
M.S., 2002, Physics, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Ph.D., 2005, Physics, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Brian O'Shea received his B.S. in engineering physics at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2000, and his Ph.D. in physics from UIUC in 2005 (with 2002-2005 being spent as a graduate student in residence at the Laboratory for Computational Astrophysics at UC San Diego and in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory). Following that, he was a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, with a joint appointment between the Theoretical Astrophysics Group and the Applied Physics Division.

Since 2008, he has been a member of the faculty at Michigan State University, with a joint appointment between the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Lyman Briggs College, and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (assistant professor 2008-12, associate professor 2014-present). O'Shea is a computational and theoretical astrophysicist studying cosmological structure formation, including galaxy formation and the behavior of the hot, diffuse plasma within galaxy clusters. He is also a co-author of the Enzo AMR code, an expert in high performance computing, and an advocate for open-source computing and open-source science. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in astrophysics, computer science and education research journals.

Research Interests

•    Theoretical & Computational Astrophysics: (Inter)Galactic Medium Interaction & Chemical Evolution.

•    Computational Science: Scientific Visualizations, Open-source Software Development.

•    Education: Physics and Computational Science, Student Problem-solving, Curriculum Reform.

Selected Publications
B. D. Smith, J. H. Wise, B. W. O’Shea, M. L. Norman, and S. Khochfar, “The first Population II stars formed in externally enriched mini-haloes,” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 452, pp. 2822–2836, Sep. 2015.
B. W. O’Shea, J. H. Wise, H. Xu, and M. L. Norman, “Probing the Ultraviolet Luminosity Function of the Earliest Galaxies with the Renaissance Simulations,” The Astrophysical Journal Letters, vol. 807, p. L12, Jul. 2015.
G. R. Meece, B. W. O’Shea, and G. M. Voit, “Growth and Evolution of Thermal Instabilities in Idealized Galaxy Cluster Cores,” The Astrophysical Journal, vol. 808, p. 43, Jul. 2015.

SS-18: CMSE 402 Visual Scientific Datasets

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Software Projects

Dr. Brian O'Shea - Enzo is a community-developed adaptive mesh refinement simulation code, designed for rich, multi-physics hydrodynamic astrophysical calculations.