MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Reed C. Essick

Graduate Student, Physics Graduate Student

I grew up in the Western Suburbs of Chicago before moving to St. Louis for my undergrad.

Research interests: 

I am currently interested in the detection of Gravitational Radiation and theories of gravity predicting such radiation. My research focuses on data processing and search improvement for the advanced detector era, although I am interested in all aspect of strong gravitational physics (both theoretical and experimental). Specifically, I've worked on applying Mulit-Variate Classifiers (MVC's) to identify and remove transient noise artifacts from graviational wave data and am currently starting to develop a search for Gravitational Wave Bursts with Memory, which induce a permanent (DC) deformation in the space-time metric. More broadly, I'm interested in many non-linear dynamical systems and the peculiar behavior they exhibit. To this end, I'm also working on strong (non-linear) tidal interactions in close binary systems, focusing on 3mode interactions and the dynamics of large networks of coupled oscillators.

Honors and awards: 

Member of Sigma Pi Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma

Contact Information

t: 617-452-5049


B.S., Mechancial Engineering with a Second Major in Physics, Minor in Economics, Washington University, St. Louis, 2011