Curriculum Vitae

Jonas Lippuner Jonas Lippuner
California Institute of Technology
MC 350-17
1200 E California Blvd
Pasadena CA 91125
United States
Phone: +1-626-765-7891
Email:
Web: http://jonaslippuner.com
Fluent languages Engish, German
Research interests Physics: computational astrophysics, nuclear astrophysics, nucleosynthesis,
core-collapse supernovae, radiation transport
Coding: programming for GPUs and FPGAs, large-scale parallel simulations,
machine learning techniques, automation
Finance: quantitative trading algorithms, automated trading systems,
Monte Carlo methods, Bayesian belief networks
Last updated April 26, 2017, download CV, download Resume

Education

Oct 2012 – present Ph.D. in Physics
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
Sep 2008 – May 2012 B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics and Physics
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Governor General’s Silver Medal (for highest academic standing at the undergraduate level)
University Gold Medal in Science (for highest academic standing at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Science)
Aug 2003 – Jul 2007 Schweizerische Maturität [Swiss federal university entrance diploma]
2003 – 2005: Kantonsschule Frauenfeld, Frauenfeld, Switzerland
2005 – 2007: Kantonsschule am Burggraben, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Special subject: Physics and Applied Mathematics
Complementary subject: Chemistry
Senior thesis: Simulation of the solar system (∼10,000-word thesis and 3D graphical simulation of the solar system)
Professional Education
Jul 2014 – Aug 2014 International Summer School on AstroComputing (ISSAC) (Neutrino and Nuclear Astrophysics), University of California High Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC) and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), La Jolla, California

Professional Experience

Jan 2017 – present Part-time Affiliate (Supervisor: Dr. Walid Majid)
Deep Space Tracking Systems Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
Radio astronomy data processing pipelines
Jun 2016 – Sep 2016 JPL Graduate Fellow (Supervisor: Dr. Walid Majid)
Deep Space Tracking Systems Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
Pulsar search algorithms and radio astronomy time series analysis with GPUs
Jun 2015 – Sep 2015 CUDA DevTech Intern (Supervisor: Cliff Woolley)
NVIDIA Corporation, Santa Clara, California
MPI-style collective communication between multiple GPUs
Summer 2012 Summer Research Student (Supervisor: Dr. Shaun Lui)
Department of Mathematics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Numerical analysis of PDEs
Summer 2011 Summer Research Student (Supervisor: Dr. Shaun Lui)
Department of Mathematics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
Numerical analysis of PDEs
Summer 2010 Summer Research Student (Supervisor: Dr. Idris Elbakri)
Department of Medical Physics, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg
Parallel Monte Carlo photon transport with GPUs
Summer 2009 Summer Research Student (Supervisor: Dr. Idris Elbakri)
Department of Medical Physics, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg
Analytic x-ray scattering simulations with GPUs
Sep 2008 – Sep 2009 Freelance Programmer (Supervisor: Dr. Manfred Linke)
City Clerk’s Office, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Software engineering, web and database development, documentation
Oct 2007 – Aug 2008 Intern (Supervisor: Dr. Manfred Linke)
City Clerk’s Office, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Software engineering, web and database development, project management

Honors & Prizes

2014
  • Best Talk (14th Annual Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California (TASC) Meeting, University of California, San Diego (UCSD))
2012
  • Governor General’s Silver Medal, University of Manitoba (awarded for academic excellence to the undergraduate who achieves the highest standing in a Bachelor degree program)
  • University Gold Medal in Science, University of Manitoba (for highest standing in undergraduate Science)
  • Allen Medal in Physics, University of Manitoba (for highest standing in the final two years of Honours Physics or Honours Physics and Mathematics)
  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Manitoba
2011
  • Dean’s Honour List, University of Manitoba
  • Best Entry in Physics and Astronomy (Faculty of Science Poster Competition 2011, University of Manitoba)
2010
  • University 1 Honour List, University of Manitoba
  • Second Place in the Category of Computational Physics (Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) 2010)
  • ACEnet Computational Physics Award (Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) 2010)
  • Best Presentation (Summer Student Symposium 2010, CancerCare Manitoba)
2009
  • Honourable Mention (Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) 2009)

Professional Service & Volunteer Experience

Mar 2015 – present President of Student Club at Caltech
Jul 2016 – Feb 2017 Chair of Organizing Committee for 2017 Veritas Forum at Caltech
Oct 2015 – Feb 2016 Chair of Organizing Committee for 2016 Veritas Forum at Caltech
Aug 2014 – Apr 2015 Organizing Committee for 2015 Veritas Forum at Caltech
Nov 2014 – Mar 2015 Organizing Committee for 2015 JINA-CEE Frontiers in Nuclear Astrophysics Meeting
Apr 2013 – Jun 2014 Accounting and Tax Compliance for non-profit organization

Teaching Experience

Feb 2016 – Jun 2016 Private Tutor for Math
Sep 2014 – Dec 2014 Teaching Assistant for Caltech Physics course Ph 236A: Relativity
Sep 2013 – Dec 2013 Teaching Assistant for Caltech Physics course Ph 2A: Waves, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Physics
Jan 2013 – Mar 2013 Teaching Assistant for Caltech Physics course Ph 2B: Waves, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Physics
Sep 2012 – Dec 2012 Teaching Assistant for Caltech Physics course Ph 2A: Waves, Quantum Mechanics, and Statistical Physics
2005 – 2007 Private Tutor for Math and Physics

Publications

View my publications on ADS and arXiv.

Apr 2017
Lawrence E. Kidder, Scott E. Field, Francois Foucart, Erik Schnetter, Saul A. Teukolsky, Andy Bohn, Nils Deppe, Peter Diener, François Hébert, Jonas Lippuner, Jonah Miller, Christian D. Ott, Mark A. Scheel, Trevor Vincent (2017), SpECTRE: A Task-based Discontinuous Galerkin Code for Relativistic Astrophysics, J. Comp. Phys., 335, 84; doi:10.1016/j.jcp.2016.12.059
Mar 2017
Jonas Lippuner, Rodrigo Fernández, Luke F. Roberts, Francois Foucart, Daniel Kasen, Brian D. Metzger, Christian D. Ott (2017), Signatures of hypermassive neutron star lifetimes on r-process nucleosynthesis in the disk ejecta from neutron star mergers, submitted to MNRAS; arXiv:1703.06216
Feb 2017
Andrey D. Vlasov, Brian D. Metzger, Jonas Lippuner, Luke F. Roberts, Todd A. Thompson (2017), Neutrino-heated winds from millisecond proto-magnetars as sources of the weak r-process, MNRAS, 468, 1522; doi:10.1093/mnras/stx478
Feb 2017
Luke F. Roberts, Jonas Lippuner, Matthew D. Duez, Joshua A. Faber, Francois Foucart, James C. Lombardi Jr., Sandra Ning, Christian D. Ott, Marcelo Ponce (2017), The Influence of Neutrinos on r-Process Nucleosynthesis in the Ejecta of Black Hole-Neutron Star Mergers, MNRAS 464, 3907; doi:10.1093/mnras/stw2622
Jan 2017
Walid A. Majid, Aaron B. Pearlman, Tatyana Dobreva, Shinji Horiuchi, Jonathon Kocz, Jonas Lippuner, Thomas A. Prince (2017), Post-outburst radio observations of the high magnetic field pulsar PSR J1119-6127, ApJL 834, L2; doi:10.3847/2041-8213/834/1/L2
Dec 2016
Rodrigo Fernández, Francois Foucart, Daniel Kasen, Jonas Lippuner, Dhruv Desai, Luke F. Roberts (2016), Dynamics, nucleosynthesis, and kilonova signature of black hole – neutron star merger ejecta, submitted to CQG; arXiv:1612.04829
May 2016
David Radice, Filippo Galeazzi, Jonas Lippuner, Luke F. Roberts, Christian D. Ott, Luciano Rezzolla (2016), Dynamical Mass Ejection from Binary Neutron Star Mergers, MNRAS 460, 3255; doi:10.1093/mnras/stw1227
Apr 2016
Roland Haas, Christian D. Ott, Béla Szilágyi, Jeffrey D. Kaplan, Jonas Lippuner, Mark A. Scheel, Kevin Barkett, Curran D. Muhlberger, Tim Dietrich, Matthew D. Duez, Francois Foucart, Harald P. Pfeiffer, Lawrence E. Kidder, Saul A. Teukolsky (2016), Simulations of inspiraling and merging double neutron stars using the Spectral Einstein Code, Phys. Rev. D 93, 124062; doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.124062
Feb 2016
Francois Foucart, Roland Haas, Matthew D. Duez, Evan O’Connor, Christian D. Ott, Luke Roberts, Lawrence E. Kidder, Jonas Lippuner, Harald P. Pfeiffer, Mark A. Scheel (2016), Low mass binary neutron star mergers: gravitational waves and neutrino emission, Phys. Rev. D 93, 044019; doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.044019
Feb 2016
Kevin Barkett, Mark A. Scheel, Roland Haas, Christian D. Ott, Sebastiano Bernuzzi, Duncan A. Brown, Béla Szilágyi, Jeffrey D. Kaplan, Jonas Lippuner, Curran D. Muhlberger, Francois Foucart, Matthew D. Duez (2016), Gravitational waveforms for neutron star binaries from binary black hole simulations, Phys. Rev. D 93, 044064; doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.044064
Aug 2015
Jonas Lippuner and Luke F. Roberts (2015), r-Process Lanthanide Production and Heating Rates in Kilonovae, Astrophys. J. 815, 82; doi:10.1088/0004-637X/815/2/82
Jan 2015
Harry Ingleby, Jonas Lippuner, Daniel W. Rickey, Yue Li and Idris Elbakri (2015), Fast analytical scatter estimation using graphics processing units, J. Xray. Sci. Technol. 23, 119; doi:10.3233/XST-150475
Oct 2011
Jonas Lippuner and Idris A. Elbakri (2011), A GPU implementation of EGSnrc’s Monte Carlo photon transport for imaging applications, Phys. Med. Biol. 56, 1745; doi:10.1088/0031-9155/56/22/010
download source code
Mar 2011
Jonas Lippuner, Idris A. Elbakri, Congwu Cui and Harry R. Ingleby (2011), Epp: A C++ EGSnrc user code for x-ray imaging and scattering simulations, Med. Phys. 38, 1705; doi:10.1118/1.3555296
download source code
Feb 2010
Congwu Cui, Jonas Lippuner, Harry R. Ingleby, David N. M. Di Valentino and Idris A. Elbakri (2010), Epp – A C++ EGSnrc user code for Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport, Proc. SPIE 7622, 762251; doi:10.1117/12.844419
Apr 2008 Jonas Lippuner (2008), Simulation des Sonnensystems, Zwischen Höhlenwelt und Planetensystem: Naturforschung und Naturprojekte in der Nordostschweiz, ed. Oskar Keller (Berichte der St. Gallischen Naturwissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft 91, St. Gallen, Switzerland) pp. 411–415

Presentations

Invited
Mar 2017
The origin of heavy elements: r-process nucleosynthesis in neutron star mergers, Renaissance Technologies, East Setauket, New York
Dec 2016
The origin of heavy elements: r-process nucleosynthesis in neutron star mergers, Theorie Seminar, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Dec 2016
The origin of heavy elements: r-process nucleosynthesis in neutron star mergers, AstroCoffee, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany
Dec 2016
The origin of heavy elements: r-process nucleosynthesis in neutron star mergers, T-2 Seminar, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Nov 2016
r-Process nucleosynthesis with SkyNet, Nuclear Physics, Compact Stars, and Compact Star Mergers 2016, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Sep 2016
The origin of heavy elements: r-process nucleosynthesis in neutron star mergers, 335 Section Seminar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jun 2016
r-Process nucleosynthesis with SkyNet, 2016 International Collaborations in Nuclear Theory (ICNT) Meeting, The r-process nucleosynthesis: connecting FRIB with the cosmos, Michigan State University (MSU)
Feb 2016
r-Process nucleosynthesis in neutron star mergers, JINA-CEE Online MA2 Seminar
Contributed
Feb 2017
r-Process nucleosynthesis in neutron star merger disk outflows, 2017 JINA-CEE Frontiers in Nuclear Astrophysics Meeting, Michigan State University (MSU)
Jan 2017
r-Process nucleosynthesis in neutron star merger disk outflows, APS April Meeting 2017 (American Physical Society), Washington, District of Columbia
Apr 2016
Influence of neutrinos on r-process nucleosynthesis in black hole–neutron star mergers, APS April Meeting 2016 (American Physical Society), Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 2016
Influence of neutrinos on r-process nucleosynthesis in black hole–neutron star mergers, 2016 JINA-CEE Frontiers in Nuclear Astrophysics Meeting, University of Notre Dame
Nov 2015
Parameter study of r-process lanthanide production and heating rates in kilonovae with SkyNet, 15th Annual Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California (TASC) Meeting, California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)
Aug 2015
Parameter study of r-process lanthanide production and heating rates in kilonovae with SkyNet, MICRA 2015 (Workshop on Microphysics In Computational Relativistic Astrophysics), Stockholm, Sweden
Apr 2015
Parameter study of r-process lanthanide production and heating rates in kilonovae, APS April Meeting 2015 (American Physical Society), Baltimore, Maryland
Mar 2015
Parameter study of r-process lanthanide production and heating rates in kilonovae, 2015 JINA-CEE Frontiers in Nuclear Astrophysics Meeting, Michigan State University (MSU)
Feb 2015
R-Process Nucleosynthesis with SkyNet, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Nov 2014
R-Process Nucleosynthesis with SkyNet, 14th Annual Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California (TASC) Meeting, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) (awarded Best Talk)
May 2011
Accelerating Monte Carlo Photon Transport Using Massively Parallel GPUs, Faculty of Science Poster Competition 2011, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (judged Best Entry in Physics and Astronomy)
Oct 2010 Monte Carlo Photon Transport Mechanism of EGSnrc in a Voxelized Volume Using Massively Parallel GPUs, Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) 2010, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (awarded Second Place in the Category of Computational Physics and ACEnet Computational Physics Award)
Aug 2010 Monte Carlo Photon Transport Mechanism of EGSnrc in a Voxelized Volume Using Massively Parallel GPUs, Summer Student Symposium 2010, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg (judged Best Presentation)
Feb 2010
Epp – A C++ EGSnrc User Code for Monte Carlo Simulation of Radiation Transport, SPIE Medical Imaging 2010, San Diego, California
Oct 2009 Analytical X-Ray Scattering Estimation with CUDA, Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC) 2009, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Honourable Mention)

Awards & Scholarships

2017
  • DAP Student Travel Grant, Division of Astrophysics (DAP), American Physical Society (APS)
  • Travel award, Joint Institute for Astrophysics (JINA)
2016
  • JPL Graduate Fellowship, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Groce Travel Grant, California Institute of Technology
  • DNP Student Travel Grant, Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP), American Physical Society (APS)
  • Local Support, Joint Institute for Astrophysics (JINA)
2015
  • DAP Student Travel Grant, Division of Astrophysics (DAP), American Physical Society (APS)
  • Local Support, Joint Institute for Astrophysics (JINA)
  • Groce Travel Grant, California Institute of Technology
2014
  • Local Support, University of California High Performance AstroComputing Center (UC-HiPACC)
University of Manitoba
for 2011 – 2012
  • Isbister Scholarship in Science (for highest standing, any year except the graduating year in Science)
  • Robert Ross McLaughlin Scholarship in Mathematics (for a full-time student who has achieved the highest standing in the third year of any Mathematics Honours program)
  • David E. Dobbs Scholarship in Mathematics (for highest standing in required and recommended third year Honours Mathematics courses)
  • Samuel M. Neamtan Memorial Scholarship (for high standing in Third Year Honours Physics, with special merit in the area of Theoretical Physics)
  • UMSU Scholarship (for excellence in academic achievement at the University of Manitoba)
  • International Undergraduate Student Scholarship (for international students registered full-time in any Faculty or School at the University of Manitoba who have a record of exceptional academic achievement on courses completed in the last regular academic session)
  • Faculty of Science Undergraduate Summer Research Award
for 2010 – 2011
  • Isbister Scholarship in Science (for highest standing, any year except the graduating year in Science)
  • Dr. Maxwell S. Rady Scholarship (for highest standing in Second Year Science, General or Honours)
  • Dr. Diane Dowling Memorial Scholarship (for highest standing in Second Year Science, General or Honours)
  • Honours Mathematics Award (for completion of the second year of the Honours Mathematics program, either the Joint or Single Honours, with the highest academic standing among all students who have completed the same program)
  • H.L. Verrall Family Scholarship in Physics (for full-time students who have completed their second year of study in an Honours Physics program and have achieved the highest and second highest cumulative grade point averages among all eligible students entering third year Honours Physics)
  • Diane Dowling Memorial Scholarship (for academic achievement in Mathematics)
  • Honours Physics Class of 1986 CUPC Prize (for full-time or part-time students at the University of Manitoba who attend the CUPC to present a paper or a poster and win an award, whether it be a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award, an Honourable Mention or a Special Note)
  • UMSU Scholarship (for excellence in academic achievement at the University of Manitoba)
  • International Undergraduate Student Scholarship (for international students registered full-time in any Faculty or School at the University of Manitoba who have a record of exceptional academic achievement on courses completed in the last regular academic session)
  • Faculty of Science Undergraduate Summer Research Award
for 2009 – 2010
  • Isbister Scholarship in University 1 (for highest standing in University 1 and continuation in any degree program at the University of Manitoba)
  • C.P. Loewen Family Foundation Scholarship in Physics (for a full-time student who has completed at least one year of study at the University of Manitoba and enters the Honours or Major program in the Department of Physics with the highest academic standing among all eligible students)
  • Centennial Scholarship in Physics (for full-time students who have completed at least one year of fill-time study with high academic standing and enter or continue in a Honours program in the Department of Physics and Astronomy)
  • Harold R. Coish Memorial Scholarship (for highest standing in PHYS 1050 and 1070)
  • Honours Physics Class of 1986 CUPC Prize (for full-time or part-time students at the University of Manitoba who attend the CUPC to present a paper or a poster and win an award, whether it be a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award, an Honourable Mention or a Special Note)
  • UMSU Scholarship (for excellence in academic achievement at the University of Manitoba)
  • International Undergraduate Student Scholarship (for international students registered full-time in any Faculty or School at the University of Manitoba who have a record of exceptional academic achievement on courses completed in the last regular academic session)
for 2008 – 2009
  • International Undergraduate Student Entrance Scholarship (for international high school graduates entering Canada on study permits who have been admitted to University 1 or the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba with a minimum 85% average on courses used for admission)