Jason Hwang




I'm a third year graduate student studying computational astrophysics under Dr. Frederic Rasio. I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelors degree in astronomy & astrophysics, physics, and mathematics. As an undergraduate I researched observational characteristics of active galactic nuclei and recoils caused by the coalescence of black hole binary systems and developed an interest in compact object systems and computer simulations.

My current interest focuses on studying the mechanics and application of smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH), a method of simulating gas and fluid. Specifically, I am using an SPH code to study mergers of binary star systems in order to determine possible formation channels of twin neutron star binaries.

In my free time I enjoy breakdancing; hopefully spending so much time upside down gives a new perspective on problems :).