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

    Applications are invited for a post-doctoral researcher in STEM education to join Michigan State’s Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (CMSE) to study introductory computational science courses. The courses focus on teaching computational modeling, data analysis, and programming. The researcher would work in CMSE on projects related to understanding student learning and engagement in these courses as well as be able to pursue their own research interests as they pertain to computational science education. The researcher will be supervised by Dr. Devin W. Silvia and will have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Danny Caballero, Dr. Brian O’Shea, and others both inside and outside of CMSE. There may also be opportunities to mentor undergraduate students in projects related to this work.

    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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