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
 oshea@msu.edu

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
[1]
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.
[2]
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.
[3]
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.
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Teaching

SS-18: CMSE 402 Visual Scientific Datasets

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Software Projects
ENZO
ENZO

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