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.
• 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.
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