Devin W. Silvia

Devin W. Silvia

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

    About Me


    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 is currently a National Science Foundation Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D from the University of Colorado in the summer of 2013.

    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 has also joined the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering at Michigan State University as a teaching specialist.

    Research Interests

    •    Non-Equilibrium Ionization Chemistry

    •    Intergalactic & Circumgalactic Medium

    •    Galactic Chemical Evolution

    •    Cosmological Hydrodynamics

    Selected Publications
    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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