Edmund Bertschinger

Department of Physics
MIT, McNair 37-627
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA
+1 (617) 324-7319 (office)
email: edbert (at) mit.edu
Physics@MIT Website
Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Program in Women's and Gender Studies

Professor of Physics,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Note to students: I seek undergraduate research students currently at MIT with a strong interest in equity, diversity, and inclusion, for research projects in social science. Currently I am not seeking summer interns or graduate students.

Current projects (Summer, 2020)

APS-IDEA Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance
8.02 Online Mentoring Program Assessment
Researching how some STEM departments excel at diversity, equity, and inclusion (extension of a Spring, 2019 talk).

General Information

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, chaotic dynamics

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

Equity and Inclusion Interests: My passion lies in shifting the culture of STEM fields to be inclusive and equitable for everyone. I was MIT's inaugural Institute Community and Equity Officer. For more information, see my DEI Writing and Speaking.

Teaching Schedule
Spring, 2022: Physics Mentoring Program
Fall, 2021: WGS.160 Science Activism: Gender, Race, and Power and Physics Mentoring Program
Spring, 2021: Physics Mentoring Program
Fall, 2020: WGS.160 Science Activism: Gender, Race, and Power and Physics Mentoring Program
Spring, 2020: 8.02 Electricity and Magnetism and Physics Mentoring Program
Fall, 2019: 8.01 Mechanics and WGS.160 Science Activism: Gender, Race, and Power
Fall, 2018 through Spring, 2019: Sabbatical
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 1998-2009: RSI student supervision

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

Positions Held
Affiliated Faculty, MIT Program in Women's and Gender Studies, 2018-
Institute Community and Equity Officer, 2013-2018
Head, MIT Department of Physics, 2007-2013
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
For more information, see my cv.

Software: Grafic-2 and COSMICS (includes Grafic-1) (gzipped tar files)
General relativity notes
Publications (for most up-to-date listing, see my cv)
Where are my PhD students now?

1958, Oakland, California

Personal interests
Music of all kinds, birdwatching, cooking, wine

Last revised March 15, 2022