Devin W. Silvia

Devin W. Silvia

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering;
Room 1508E, Engineering Building
  428 S. Shaw Ln.
 (517) 432-0212


    M.S. & Ph.D, 2013, Astrophysics, University of Colorado | Boulder, CO.

    B.S., 2007, Astronomy & Minor in Mathematics, University of Washington, College Honors  | Seattle, WA.

    B.S., 2007, Physics, University of Washington, College Honors 2007 | Seattle, WA.



    Devin received a B.S. in physics and a B.S. in astronomy from the University of Washington in 2007 and went on to receive his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013. He was previously a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. 

    Devin is incredibly passionate about providing quality STEM education and promoting an equitable and inclusive learning environment. To achieve this, his teaching methods involve, interactive engagement (clicker question, think-pair-share, lecture tutorials), inquiry-based teaching and learning, and raising awareness on barriers to student success (e.g. stereotype threat, imposter syndrome)

    As of 2017, Devin joined the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering at Michigan State University as a teaching specialist.

    •    Non-Equilibrium Ionization Chemistry

    •    Intergalactic & Circumgalactic Medium

    •    Galactic Chemical Evolution

    •    Cosmological Hydrodynamics

    Probing Non-Equilibrium Ionization Properties of Simulated IGM, Silvia, D. W., O’Shea, B. W., Smith, B. D., Shull, J. M., Turk, M. J., & Reynolds, D. R. 2016. in preparation; to be submitted to the Astrophysical Journal
    TRIDENT: A Universal Tool for Generating Synthetic Absorption Spectra from Astrophysical Hydrodynamical Datasets, Hummels, C. B., Smith, B. D., & Silvia, D. W. 2016. in preparation
    The Orion Fingers: Near-IR Adaptive Optics Imaging of an Explosive Protostellar OutflowBally, J., Ginsburg, A., Silvia, D. W., & Youngblood, A. 2015. A&A, 579, A130
    Numerical Simulations of Supernova Dust Destruction. II. Metal-Enriched Ejecta Knots, Silvia, D. W., Smith, B. D., & Shull, J. M. 2012. ApJ, 748, 12
    Ejecta Knot Flickering, Mass Ablation, & Fragmentation in Cassiopeia, A Fesen, R. A., Zastrow, J. A., Hammell, M. C., Shull, J. M., & Silvia, D. W. 2011. ApJ, 736, 109


    FS-17: CMSE 201 Intro to Computational Modeling

    FS-17/SS-18: CMSE 202 Computational Modeling Tools and Techniques

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