Curriculum Vitae

Ian Czekala
ude.drofnats@alakezci
Office: Rm 216 PAB

Stanford University
Stanford, CA USA

Scientific Interests

Star and planet formation, protoplanetary disks, exoplanets, statistics, radio astronomy, transients, instrumentation.

Education

2012 - 2016 Ph.D. Astronomy and Astrophysics, Harvard University
2010 - 2012 Masters of Arts in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Harvard University
2006 - 2010 Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering; Astronomy, University of Virginia
Graduated with High Distinction, Tau Beta Pi, Jefferson Scholar (full scholarship)

Scientific Research

2013 - 2016 Ph.D. Thesis: The Fundamental Properties of Young Stars, CfA, advised by Dr. Sean Andrews
2012 MMTCam Commissioning, CfA, advised by Dr. Warren Brown
2010 - 2012 Masters project: Intermediate Luminosity Transients, CfA, advised by Dr. Edo Berger
2009 - 2010 PAPER Instrumentation Study, University of Virginia, advised by Dr. Richard Bradley
2009 - 2010 ALMA Collaborative Engineering Study, Santiago, Chile, advised by Drs. Kelsey Johnson and Alison Peck
2009 Circumstellar Disks, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory REU Intern, advised by Dr. Sean Andrews

Professional Appointments

2016 - present KIPAC Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
2010 - 2016 Graduate Student, Harvard University

Honors and Awards

2011 - 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2013, 2014 (2) Derek Bok Certificates of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University
2006 - 2010 Jefferson Scholar, UVA, full scholarship
2006 - 2010 Rodman Scholar, UVA
2010 Outstanding SEAS Student, UVA
2010 Louis T. Rader Award for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, UVA
2010 21 Society Fourth Year Recognition
2010 Limber Award, UVA Astronomy Department

Refereed Publications: 4 first author, 1 second author

A Disk-based Dynamical Constraint on the Mass of the Young Binary DQ Tau
Ian Czekala, S. M. Andrews, G. Torres, E. L. N. Jensen, K. G. Stassun, D. J. Wilner, and D. W. Latham
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 818, Issue 2, article id. 156, 9 pp. (2016)
Constructing a Flexible Likelihood Function for Spectroscopic Inference
Ian Czekala, Sean M. Andrews, Kaisey S. Mandel, David W. Hogg, and Gregory M. Green
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 812, Issue 2, article id. 128, 21 pp. (2015)
A Disk-based Dynamical Mass Estimate for the Young Binary AK Sco
Ian Czekala, S. M. Andrews, E. L. N. Jensen, K. G. Stassun, G. Torres, and D. J. Wilner
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 806, Issue 2, article id. 154, 8 pp. (2015)
The Unusually Luminous Extragalactic Nova SN 2010U
Ian Czekala, E. Berger, R. Chornock, et al.
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 765, Issue 1, article id. 57, 15 pp. (2013)
Truncated Disks in TW Hya Association Multiple Star Systems
Sean M. Andrews, Ian Czekala, D. J. Wilner, Catherine Espaillat, C. P. Dullemond, and A. M. Hughes
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 710, Issue 1, pp. 462-469 (2010)

Invited Talks and Presentations

Aug 23, 2016 SAMSI Astrostatistics Opening Workshop, Research Triangle Park, NC; Systematics-Dominated Spectroscopic Inference
Jul 20, 2016 ASIAA Colloquium, Taipei, Taiwan; The Fundamental Properties of Young Stars
Jul 5, 2016 ASIAA Star Formation Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan; Disk-Based Dynamical Masses and Applications with the SMA
Jun 9, 2016 Kavli Instiute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Beijing, China; The Fundamental Properties of Young Stars
Mar 8, 2016 CfA Exoplanet Lunch, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Precisely Weigh Stars
Feb 9, 2016 BU Lunch Talk, Boston University, Boston, MA; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Dec 10-11, 2015 ISM Seminar at UT Austin, Austin, TX; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Dec 7-8, 2015 Tea Talk at Caltech, Pasadena, CA; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Nov 17, 2015 Tea Talk at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Nov 16, 2015 ACES talk at NASA Ames, Mountain View, CA; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Nov 12-13, 2015 FLASH talk at UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Nov 4, 2015 CIPS seminar at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Apr 22, 2015 CIPS Planet and Star Formation Seminar, Berkeley University, CA; Flexible Spectroscopic Inference for Young Stars
Apr 14, 2015 Astrostatistics Seminar, Statistics Department, Harvard University, MA; Flexible Spectroscopic Inference

Contributed Talks and Presentations

Oct 17-28, 2016 SAMSI Exoplanet Workshop, Research Triangle Park, NC; Modeling Stellar Spectra with Gaussian Processes
Jan 7, 2016 Dissertation Talk at AAS Meeting, Kissimmee, FL; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Oct 19-21, 2015 Fitting Stars, CMDs, and Galaxies, Rockport, MA; Constructing a Likelihood Function for Spectroscopic Inference
Sep 18, 2015 Bay Area Exoplanet Science Meeting, The SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA; Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
May 28-29, 2015 Emerging Researchers in Exoplanet Science Symposium, The Pennsylvania State University; Accessing the Fundamental Properties of Young Stars (video)
Jun 18-21, 2014 ExoStat 2014, Carnegie Mellon University, PA; Fitting Stellar Spectra With Some Help From Gaussian Processes
Apr 27, 2012 CfA OIR Symposium, Cambridge, MA; The Unusually Luminous Extragalactic Nova SN 2010U
Jan 21 - 27, 2012 Physics of Astronomical Transients, Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen, CO; Supernovae Impostors and Pan-STARRS
Jun 28 - 30, 2011 Intermediate Luminosity Red Transients, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD; The Unusually Luminous Extragalactic Nova SN 2010U
Apr 16, 2010 ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference, Georgia Institute of Technology; Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization (PAPER) Instrumentation Study
Apr 9 - 10, 2010 AIAA Region I-MA Student Conference, Virginia Institute of Technology; Precision Array to Probe the Epoch of Reionization (PAPER) Instrumentation Study

Selected posters

Using Protoplanetary Disks to Weigh the Youngest Stars and Constrain The Earliest Stages of Stellar Evolution
Ian Czekala, S. M. Andrews, E. L. N. Jensen, K. G. Stassun, D. Latham, D. J. Wilner, and G. Torres
Extreme Solar Systems III Conference, Waikoloa Village, HI; Nov 29 - Dec 4, 2015
A Novel Tool for the Spectroscopic Inference of Fundamental Stellar Parameters
Czekala, Ian; Andrews, Sean M.; Latham, David W.; Torres, Guillermo
Summer AAS Meeting #224 #322.01, Boston, MA
The Unusually Luminous Extragalactic Nova SN 2010U
Czekala, Ian; Chornock, R.; Berger, E.; Pastorello, A.; et al.
American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #218, #127.11; Vol. 43, 2011
Truncated Disks in TW Hya Association Multiple Star Systems
Czekala, Ian; Andrews, Sean
American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #215, #428.05; Vol. 42, p.345 Chambliss Award Winner

Accepted P.I. Proposals

Aug 2016 ALMA Cycle 4: Resolving the AK Sco Circumbinary Disk; 1 hour Band 6
Oct 2014 CfA Optical and Infrared division: Pre-Main Sequence Models
1 night on Magellan/MIKE
Jun 2014 CfA Optical and Infrared division: Determining the Systematic Error of Veiling
3 nights each on 1.5m/TRES and 1.2m/Keplercam
Oct 2013 CfA Optical and Infrared division: Pre-Main Sequence Models
1 night on Magellan/MIKE
Jun 2013 CfA Optical and Infrared division: Pre-Main Sequence Models
3 nights each on 1.5m/TRES and 1.2m/Keplercam

Observing experience

Magellan 6.5 Meter, Las Campanas Observatory, Chile

Jul 3-4, 2015 MIKE Pre-Main Sequence Models
May 22-23, 2014 MIKE Pre-Main Sequence Models
Oct 20-21, 2011 LDSS-3 and MagE GRB host galaxies and supernovae candidates from Pan-STARRS
Jan 11-12, 2011 LDSS-3 GRB host galaxies and supernovae candidates from Pan-STARRS

Multiple Mirror Telescope 6.5 Meter, Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, Arizona

Nov 26-28, 2011 BlueChannel Pan-STARRS supernova and variable stars
Feb 21-23, 2011 BlueChannel Pan-STARRS supernova and variable stars

Commissioning

Jun - Aug, 2012 Wavefront Sensor Camera Installation at MMT

The Submillimeter Array Interferometer, Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Feb 20-24, 2014 SMA queue observing
Nov 6 - 10, 2014 SMA queue observing
Jan 14 - 20, 2015 SMA queue observing

Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), Gemini South, Chile

Nov 16-18, 2016 GPIES Survey

Teaching

Jan - May 2013 Teaching Fellow, AY 193: Noise and Data Analysis in Astrophysics
Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
Wrote and delivered two class lectures
Jan - May 2013 AY302: Scientists Teaching Science, taught by Dr. Phil Sadler
Sep - Dec 2012 Teaching Fellow, AY 17: Galaxies and Cosmology
Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

Outreach and Service

2016 - present Referee for The Astrophysical Journal
2013 - 2015 Harvard Astronomy Department Peer mentor
2012 - 2013 Harvard Undergrad Observing Project (HOP) volunteer
Apr 28, 2012 Cambridge Explores the Universe, volunteer
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012 Braintree High School Science Fair Mentor with students Mr. Joshua Kelleher and Mr. Brendan Newell
Feb 2011 - Feb 2011 Fauquier County Light Pollution High School Science Project Mentor with student Ms. Virginia Johnson
Feb 8, 2012 High Science Fair Judge, East Boston High School
Oct 26, 2011 Science in the News (SITN) Public Lecture, The Chemical Enrichment of the Universe, Boston, MA
Jul 2011 - 2013 Library Committee Graduate Student Representative, Harvard-Smithsonian CfA Wolbach Library
Dec 2010 - 2013 Astrobites (daily astrophysical literature journal) co-founder and contributing author
Oct 2009 - Apr 2010 Dark Skies, Bright Kids science program, rural Central Virginia

Collaborative Publications: 13 third or later author

Systematic Uncertainties Associated with the Cosmological Analysis of the First Pan-STARRS1 Type Ia Supernova Sample
Scolnic, D.; Rest, A.; Riess, A.; Huber, M. E.; Foley, R. J.; Brout, D.; Chornock, R.; Narayan, G.; Tonry, J. L.; Berger, E.; Soderberg, A. M.; Stubbs, C. W.; Kirshner, R. P.; Rodney, S.; Smartt, S. J.; Schlafly, E.; Botticella, M. T.; Challis, P.; Czekala, I. + 30
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 795, Issue 1, article id. 45, 23 pp. (2014)
High-density Circumstellar Interaction in the Luminous Type IIn SN 2010jl: The First 1100 Days
Fransson, Claes; Ergon, Mattias; Challis, Peter J.; Chevalier, Roger A.; France, Kevin; Kirshner, Robert P.; Marion, G. H.; Milisavljevic, Dan; Smith, Nathan; Bufano, Filomena; Friedman, Andrew S.; Kangas, Tuomas; Larsson, Josefin; Mattila, Seppo; Benetti, Stefano; Chornock, Ryan; Czekala, Ian; Soderberg, Alicia; Sollerman, Jesper
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 797, Issue 2, article id. 118 40 pp. (2014)
Cosmological Constraints from Measurements of Type Ia Supernovae Discovered during the First 1.5 yr of the Pan-STARRS1 Survey
Rest, A.; Scolnic, D.; Foley, R. J.; Huber, M. E.; Chornock, R.; Narayan, G.; Tonry, J. L.; Berger, E.; Soderberg, A. M.; Stubbs, C. W.; Riess, A.; Kirshner, R. P.; Smartt, S. J.; Schlafly, E.; Rodney, S.; Botticella, M. T.; Brout, D.; Challis, P.; Czekala, I. + 30
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 795, Issue 1, article id. 44, 34 pp. (2014).
The superluminous supernova PS1-11ap: bridging the gap between low and high redshift
McCrum, M.; Smartt, S. J.; Kotak, R.; Rest, A.; Jerkstrand, A.; Inserra, C.; Rodney, S. A.; Chen, T.-W.; Howell, D. A.; Huber, M. E.; Pastorello, A.; Tonry, J. L.; Bresolin, F.; Kudritzki, R.-P.; Chornock, R.; Berger, E.; Smith, K.; Botticella, M. T.; Foley, R. J.; Fraser, M.; Milisavljevic, D.; Nicholl, M.; Riess, A. G.; Stubbs, C. W.; Valenti, S.; Wood-Vasey, W. M.; Wright, D.; Young, D. R.; Drout, M.; Czekala, I. + 11
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 437, Issue 1, p.656-674.
The UV-bright, Slowly Declining Transient PS1-11af as a Partial Tidal Disruption Event
Chornock, R.; Berger, E.; Gezari, S.; Zauderer, B. A.; Rest, A.; Chomiuk, L.; Kamble, A.; Soderberg, A. M.; Czekala, I. + 28
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 780, Issue 1, article id. 44, 20 pp. (2014).
PS1-10bzj: A Fast, Hydrogen-poor Superluminous Supernova in a Metal-poor Host Galaxy
Lunnan, R.; Chornock, R.; Berger, E.; Milisavljevic, D.; Drout, M.; Sanders, N. E.; Challis, P. M.; Czekala, I. + 21
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 771, Issue 2, article id. 97, 13 pp. (2013)
Demographics of the Galaxies Hosting Short-duration Gamma-Ray Bursts
Fong, W.; Berger, E.; Chornock, R.; Margutti, R.; Levan, A. J.; Tanvir, N. R.; Tunnicliffe, R. L.; Czekala, I. + 12
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 769, Issue 1, article id. 56, 18 pp. (2013)
PS1-10afx at z = 1.388: Pan-STARRS1 Discovery of a New Type of Superluminous Supernova
Chornock, R.; Berger, E.; Rest, A.; Milisavljevic, D.; Lunnan, R.; Foley, R. J.; Soderberg, A. M.; Smartt, S. J.; Burgasser, A. J.; Challis, P.; Chomiuk, L.; Czekala, I. + 23
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 767, Issue 2, article id. 162, 16 pp. (2013)
Preparing Undergraduates for Research Careers: Using Astrobites in the Classroom
Sanders, Nathan E.; Kohler, Susanna; Newton, Elisabeth; Astrobites Collaboration
Astronomy Education Review, vol. 11, issue 1, p. 010201
A Jet Break in the X-Ray Light Curve of Short GRB 111020A: Implications for Energetics and Rates
Fong, W.; Berger, E.; Margutti, R.; Zauderer, B. A.; Troja, E.; Czekala, I. + 5
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 756, Issue 2, article id. 189 (2012)
Ultraluminous Supernovae as a New Probe of the Interstellar Medium in Distant Galaxies
Berger, E.; Chornock, R.; Lunnan, R.; Foley, R.; Czekala, I. + 26
The Astrophysical Journal Letters, Volume 755, Issue 2, article id. L29 (2012)
A Spectroscopic Study of Type Ibc Supernova Host Galaxies from Untargeted Surveys
Sanders, Nathan E.; Soderberg, Alicia M.; Levesque, Emily M.; Foley, Ryan J.; Chornock, Ryan; Milisavljevic, Dan; Margutti, Raffaella; Berger, Edo; Drout, Maria R.; Czekala, Ian; Dittmann, Jason A.
eprint arXiv:1206.2643
Pan-STARRS1 Discovery of Two Ultraluminous Supernovae at z~0.9 Chomiuk, L.; Chornock, R.; Soderberg, A. M.; Berger, E.; Chevalier, R. A.; Foley, R. J.; Huber, M. E.; Narayan, G.; Rest, A.; Gezari, S.; Kirshner, R. P.; Riess, A.; Rodney, S. A.; Smartt, S. J.; Stubbs, C. W.; Tonry, J. L.; Wood-Vasey, W. M.; Burgett, W. S.; Chambers, K. C.; Czekala, I. + 12
The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 743, Issue 2, article id. 114 (2011)

Collaborative Posters

  1. Snapshots of the Universe: A Multi-Lingual Astronomy Art Book
    Beaton, Rachael; Jackson, L.; Carlberg, J.; Johnson, K.; Marchand, R.; Sivakoff, G.; Czekala, I.; Damke, G.; Dean, J.; Drosback, M.; Gugliucci, N.; Martinez, O.; Wong, A.; Zasowski, G.; Skies, Dark; Kids, Bright
    American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #220, #437.13
  2. Astrobites: The Astro-ph Reader's Digest For Undergraduates
    Sanders, Nathan; Newton, E. R.; Czekala, I.; Rosenfeld, K.; Dressing, C. D.; Gifford, D.; Suresh, J.; Schneider, E.; Morley, C.; Kohler, S.
    American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #218, #333.11; Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 43, 2011

Open Source Software Packages

DiskJockey UV plane modeling of sub-mm interferometric protoplanetary disk observations
github; ASCL
Starfish Modular tools for spectroscopic inference
github; ASCL

Workshops

Jun 23 - 28, 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Origins of Solar Systems, Mount Holyoke, MA
May 29 - Jun 5, 2012 NRAO Summer School on Interferometry and Aperture Synthesis, Socorro, NM
Sept 14 - 16, 2011 NRAO CASA Reduction Workshop, Socorro, NM
Sept 18 - 21, 2011 PAN-STARRS Science Consortium Meeting, Cambridge, MA
Aug 24 - 25, 2011 Derek Bok Teaching Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Sept 22, 2009 The Fourth North American ALMA Science Center Conference, Charlottesville, VA

References

Professor Bruce Macintosh Stanford University (bmacintosh@stanford.edu)
Dr. Sean Andrews Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (sandrews@cfa.harvard.edu)
Professor Eric. L. N. Jensen Swarthmore College (ejensen1@swarthmore.edu)
Dr. David Latham Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (dlatham@cfa.harvard.edu)
Professor James Moran Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (jmoran@cfa.harvard.edu)
Professor Kelsey Johnson University of Virginia (kej7a@virginia.edu)