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Sean McWilliams

Associate Professor, Director, Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology

Sean McWilliams

Phone: 304-293-3076


College or Department: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Office: G58 White Hall

Website or CV: Sean McWilliams's research website

Dr. McWilliams is a theoretical astrophysicist, specifically, a gravitational wave astronomer, numerical and analytical relativist, and data analyst. His research focuses mainly on understanding the dynamics of compact binaries, which are systems composed of any combination of black holes, neutron stars, and white dwarfs. Through numerical simulations and/or analytical modeling, he estimated the behavior of two of these highly dense, tightly orbiting bodies. Such systems stretch Einstein’s theory of general relativity to its limit.

White Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506

  • B.S., Physics, B.S., Astronomy, Minor in Mathematics, Astrobiology and Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University, 2003
  • M.S., Physics, University of Maryland, 2006
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Maryland, 2008