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.
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