Edmund Bertschinger

Department of Physics
MIT, Room 4-304
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
+1 (617) 253-4801 (office)
+1 (617) 253-9798 (fax)
email: edbert (at) mit.edu
Physics@MIT Website
MIT Astrophysics and Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

Professor of Physics,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Research Interests: My research group's mission is to develop and apply analytical, computational, and statistical methods to improve our understanding of the physical universe.
Theoretical astrophysics: gravitation, cosmology, large scale structure, galaxy formation, relativistic accretion disks, computation

Teaching Interests: My teaching mission is to inspire and prepare students and researchers for lifelong learning about the physical world.
Classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, relativity, cosmology, astrophysics

Administrative Interests: My administrative mission is to help make MIT not only the top-ranked university for science, but also to make it one of the best places to work and study for everyone.
Diversity website and blog: Increasing the diversity of faculty and student populations to improve our excellence and to better serve the society that supports our work.
A key element of my strategy is mentoring; for a brief introduction to the value of mentoring, see my remarks at the 2010 MIT Mentoring Fair. I also blog for Women in Astronomy.

Teaching Schedule
Spring, 2009: Exploring Black Holes
Fall, 2007: Sabbatical
Spring, 2007: Exploring Black Holes
Fall, 2006: The Cosmic Microwave Background and Astrophysics Seminar
Spring, 2006: General Relativity
Fall, 2005: Electromagnetism II
Spring, 2005: Exploring Black Holes and Astrophysics Seminar
Fall, 2004: Electromagnetism II and Astrophysics Seminar
Spring, 2004: General Relativity and Astrophysics Seminar
Fall, 2003: Electromagnetism II
Spring, 2003: Exploring Black Holes and Astrophysics Seminar
Fall, 2002: Relativity and Astronomical Instrumentation
Spring, 2002: General Relativity
Fall, 2001: Exploring Black Holes and Cosmology
Fall, 2000 through Spring, 2001: Sabbatical
Spring, 2000: General Relativity
Fall, 1999: Cosmology
Spring, 1999: General Relativity
Fall, 1998: Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity
Spring, 1998: Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

Summers 1998-present: RSI student supervision

PhD Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, 1984
BS Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1979

Positions Held
Head, MIT Department of Physics, 2007-
Astrophysics Division Head, MIT, 2002-2007
Professor of Physics, MIT, 1996-present
Associate Professor of Physics, MIT, 1991-1996
Assistant Professor of Physics, MIT, 1986-1991
Miller Research Fellow, UC Berkeley, 1985-1986
Research Associate, University of Virginia, 1983-1985

Mentoring Award, MIT Committee on Race and Diversity, 2010
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2007
Buechner Teaching Prize, MIT Physics Department, 2002
Fellow, American Physical Society, 1996
Helen B. Warner Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1992
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 1988-1990

Software: Grafic-2 and COSMICS (includes Grafic-1) (gzipped tar files)
General relativity notes
Where are my PhD students now?

1958, Oakland, California

Personal interests
Music of all kinds, birdwatching, cooking

Last revised June 20, 2010