Scott Charles Noble
Academic Address  Home Address  

Center for Computational Relativity & Gravitation  
School of Mathematical Sciences  
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)  Rochester, NY  
85 Lomb Memorial Drive  USA  
Rochester, New York 14623  
USA  


Education 

12/2003  Ph.D. in Physics  

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas  
Thesis: A Numerical Study of Relativistic Fluid Collapse  
Cosupervisors:


06/1997  B.S. in Physics  
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 
Professional and Teaching Experience 

07/2013  08/2013  Invited Participant, ``A Universe of Black Holes,'' Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Univ. of California in Santa Barbara.  

04/2011  04/2011  CoInstructor, Perimeter Scholars International, Perimeter Institute, ``Explorations in Numerical Relativity,'' www.perimeterscholars.org/314.html.  
09/2009   Associate Research Scientist, Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG), RIT  
01/2008  01/2008  Instructor, Johns Hopkins U. (JHU), Intersession 2008: Physics & Astronomy 171.299.01, ``Intro. to Computer Programming for Scientists & Engineers''  
09/2006  08/2009  Associate Research Scientist, Center for Astrophysical Sciences, Johns Hopkins U. with Prof. Julian Krolik  
10/2003  08/2006  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Theoretical Astrophysics, U. of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign with with Prof. Charles Gammie  
09/2000  09/2003  Graduate Research Assistant, U. of British Columbia, with Prof. Matthew Choptuik  
06/2000  08/2000  Graduate Research Assistant, U. of Texas at Austin, with Prof. Matthew Choptuik.  
01/2000  05/2000  Assistant Instructor, U. of Texas at Austin: Physical Science 303: ``Physics Lab'' for Liberal Arts majors. Prepared original lectures and material supplementing existing teaching material, responsible for lab experiment setup, design, and execution;  
06/1999  12/1999  Computer Programmer, Physics Computer Group, U. of Texas at Austin  
08/1997  12/1999  Teaching Assistant, U. of Texas at Austin:  
PHY 101L: ``Mechanics Lab'' Calculusbased, for Scientists and Engineers (lab instructor);  
PHY n303K: ``Engineering Physics I'' (grader);  
PHY 309K: ``Mechanics and Heat'' (test maker, teaching assistant);  
PHY 329: ``Computational Physics'' (system administrator);  
01/1997  07/1997  Undergraduate Research Assistant, Caltech, with Prof. Steven Koonin, Prof. Chris Adami and Dr. Nicholas Cerf: Solving the NPComplete 3SAT Problem through Simulation of a Quantum Computer  
06/1996  08/1996  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Caltech, with Prof. Steven Koonin, Prof. Chris Adami and Dr. Nicholas Cerf: Solving the NPComplete 3SAT Problem through Simulation of a Quantum Computer  
06/1995  08/1995  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Caltech, with Dr. Renyuan Zhu: A Study on the Performance of the Crystal Calorimeter for BaBar at SLAC  
06/1994  08/1994  Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Caltech, with Dr. Renyuan Zhu: Simulating the Resolution Performance of Crystal Calorimeters for the B Factory Experiment at SLAC and the CMS Experiment at LHC 
Awards and Honors 

199495, 199697  Marion and Earle Jorgensen Endowed Scholarship  
1993  SemiFinalist, Westinghouse Science Talent Search 
Research Grants 

08/2010  07/2015  CoPrincipal Investigator: CDIType II: Computing Supermassive Black Hole Mergers in Astrophysics, PIs: M. Campanelli (RIT), J. Krolik (JHU); coPIs: S. Noble, Y. Zlochower; NSF CDI AST1028087. Amount: $ 2,000,000 (split equally between RIT and JHU). Supports S. Noble's annual salary, computer equipment and a student's salary. May be negotiated to support Noble's summer salary at another institute.  

09/2012  05/2013  CoPrincipal Investigator: Improving the Performance and Walltime of GRMHD Calculations for the Blue Waters Petascale Project, PI: M. Campanelli; coPIs: S. Noble, J. Faber, Y. Zlochower; Amount: $74,759.00; Sponsors: NSF and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA); Supported annual salaries of Noble and Zilhao, a postdoctoral researcher at RIT. 
Supercomputing Allocations (1 SU = 1 CPUhour of computing power) 

09/2013  08/2014  CoPrincipal Investigator: XSEDE; Renewal; Title: Intermediate Mass Ratio BlackHole Binaries with High Spins: Dynamics of the Black Holes and Their Gaseous Environments; TGPHY060027N; PI: C.Lousto; coPIs: H.P.Bischof, M.Campanelli, J.Faber, S.Noble, and Y.Zlochower; Amount: 2.3M SUs on Gordon (SDSC), 4M SUs on Stampede (TACC), 1M SUs on Lonestar (TACC) (the total amounts to approximately 15M SUs using SU units equivalent to previous years.  

04/2013  03/2014  Science & Technical Lead: PRAC; Title: Computational Relativity and Gravitation at Petascale: Simulating and Visualizing Astrophysically Realistic Compact Binaries; NSF ACI 0832606 PRAC; PI: M.Campanelli; coPIs: H.P.Bischof, J.Faber, C.Lousto, and Y.Zlochower; Science/Technical Lead: S. Noble; Amount: 17.5M SUs on Blue Waters (NCSA). Allocation is associated with a proposal submitted prior to Noble's arrival at RIT, but is now exclusively allocated for Noble's circumbinary disk calculations.  
09/2012  08/2013  CoPrincipal Investigator: XSEDE; Renewal; Title: Binary Black Holes of Intermediate Mass Ratios and Spins, and their Gaseous Environments; TGPHY060027N; PI: C.Lousto; coPIs: H.P.Bischof, M.Campanelli, J.Faber, H. Nakano, S.Noble, B. Mundim, and Y.Zlochower; Amount: 17.3M SUs on several XSEDE clusters.  
09/2011  08/2012  CoPrincipal Investigator: XSEDE; Renewal; Title: Simulations of Astrophysical Extreme Binary Black Holes; TGPHY060027N; PI: C.Lousto; coPIs: H.P.Bischof, M.Campanelli, J.Faber, S.Noble, and Y.Zlochower; Amount: 12.5M SUs on several XSEDE clusters. 
Synergistic Activities 

Outreach:  Exhibitor for the CCRG at ImagineRIT 2010 & 2011, presented research to the public, prepared scientific visualizations and an interactive computer program, www.rit.edu/imagine/  

Collaborations:  Community Infrastructure for General Relativistic MHD (CIGR),  
NSFPHY0903782;  
Computational Relativity and Gravitation at the Petascale: Simulating Astrophysical Realistic Compact Binaries, NSF OCI0832606;  
Memberships:  American Astronomical Society, American Physical Society  
Seminar Organizer:  Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, RIT, 08/2010  09/2011  
Peer Review:  NASA Astrophysics Theory Program Panelist, Astrophysical Journal Letters, Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Classical & Quantum Gravity, Pub. of the Astron. Society of Japan, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, General Relativity & Gravitation 
Student Supervision 

08/2012  present  Dennis Bowen, graduate student at RIT: ``Circumbinary Disks''  
01/2010  11/2012  Billy Vazquez, graduate student at RIT: ``Imaging Binary Black Holes''  
06/2008  08/2009  Robert Abramovic, undergraduate student at JHU: ``Null Geodesics and Surfaces in Curved Spacetimes'' 
Skills and Expertise 

Expertlevel:  
(10+ years)  C, C++, Fortran, gdb, Make, Mathematica, Maple, MPI, Perl, Shell Scripting, L^{A}TEX, GNU/Linux/Unix, Windows, Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint;  
Mathematical Methods, ODEs, PDEs, Differential Geometry, RootFinding, Minimization, Perturbation Theory, Statistics;  
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Volume/Difference Methods, HighResolution ShockCapturing Methods, Adaptive Mesh Refinement;  
Scientific Computing and Code Development, Highperformance/Massively Parallel Computing, Code Optimization, Debugging, Profiling/Benchmarking;  
Presenting Research at National Conferences and Workshops, Scientific Research Collaboration, Scientific Research Program Management;  
Intermediatelevel:  
(5+ years)  HDF5, IDL, gprof, PAPI, CVS, PowerPoint, Open Office/Libre Office, ImageMagick, Supermongo;  
Writing Proposals for Research Grants and Fellowships (NSF, NASA);  
Writing Proposals for National Supercomputing Allocations (Teragrid, XSEDE);  
Presenting Research at International Conferences and Workshops, Supervising and Mentoring Students in an Academic Research Environment, Building and Managing Supercomputing Clusters and Workstation Networks, Data Backup/Archival Solutions;  
Novicelevel:  
(1+ years)  OpenMP, Java, Load Balancing Algorithms, Gnuplot, Git, Subversion (SVN), MediaWiki, Mac OS X, Keynote; 
Computational Infrastructure Contributions 

Developer/Maintainer  HARM3D, solves the magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) equations of motion in curved, general relativistic (GR), spacetimes; employs Godunovlike, fluxconservative, highresolution shockcapturing techniques, parallelism, fixed mesh refinement, constraint transport methods; [Noble2009a]; privately shared, to be released publicly.  
Developer/Maintainer  BOTHROS2, improved version of BOTHROS; supports a wider variety of emission models, 3d simulation data with timeinterpolation (resolves effects from the finite speed of light), nonuniform and adaptive ``camera'' resolutions or pixelation; [Noble2007a], privately shared, to be released publicly.  
Developer/Maintainer  my_Bessel_J, a very fast routine for calculating the Bessel function for arbitrarily large , up to . Its execution time is constant with , in contrast to the typical dependence seen with many popular routines. rainman.astro.illinois.edu/codelib/codes/bessel/src/ .  
Principal Codeveloper  BOTHROS, general relativistic raytracing software to calculate electromagnetic energy transport in curved spacetimes from 2d GRMHD simulation data; solves the relativistic absorptive radiative transfer equation; thermal synchrotron and bremsstrahlung emission models; [Noble2007a].  
Principal Codeveloper  PVS_GRMHD, software suite used to calculate the primitive variables (density, pressure, and velocity) from a set of conserved variables (components of the stressenergy tensor) necessary for conservative GRMHD simulations; used by researchers worldwide; [Noble2006], released publicly: rainman.astro.illinois.edu/codelib/codes/pvs_grmhd/src/ .  
Codeveloper  HARM (public release version), a 2d GRMHD code on which HARM3D is based; released publicly: rainman.astro.illinois.edu/codelib/codes/harm/src/ .  
Codeveloper  Einstein Toolkit, high performance computing software suite for a sundry of dynamical GR applications; based on the Cactus framework; helped develop its GRMHD component; released publicly: einsteintoolkit.org . 
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