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Dr. William Wolf, Ph.D. (he/him/his)

  • Assistant Professor
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Blugold Supercomputing Cluster

I was drawn to physics and astronomy by a love of the star-filled night sky I enjoyed as a child in rural Illinois. Nowadays, it's the exciting challenge of modelling stars on computers that holds my attention. Much of my work involves using computers to solve problems and model physical situations, including the lives and deaths of stars.

When I'm not hiding behind a computer screen, I enjoy playing piano, hiking, bicycling, and gaming.

Teaching Interests
  • Introductory Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Director of the L.E. Phillips Planetarium
Research and Creative Activities
  • Computational Physics
  • Open-source Scientific Software
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Novae and Supernovae
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (Physics)
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (Physics)
  • B.S., Eastern Illinois University (Physics)
  • B.A., Eastern Illinois University (Mathematics)
Honors and Recognitions
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
    • Title: "Mixing and Oscillations in Novae"
    • 2023–2028
    • $526,813