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Campanelli, Manuela

Professor (SMS - AST - COS), Director (CCRG), APS Fellow
Physics, University of Bern (CH), 1996.
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Gravitational Physics
Numerical Relativity
Computational Astrophysics
Black Holes
MHD and accretion disks

Campanelli is a Professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences and a faculty of the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology graduate program of the School of Physics and Astronomy at RIT. She is the founding Director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation since 2007 (see [1], [2]).

Campanelli holds an MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Perugia (1991) and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Bern (1996). She was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Germany (1998-2001), and became a Fellow of the American Physical Society ((APS) in 2009 "for groundbreaking work on numerical simulations of binary black hole space times and for explorations of physical effects such as “super kicks” and spin-driven orbital dynamics". Her research include numerous publications and presentations in numerical relativity, black-hole astrophysics and gravitational-wave physics (see INSPIRE DataBase for a full overview on her work which was featured in the APS focus, New Scientist, Astronomy, LIGO magazine, History Channel, etc.).

Campanelli is a Principal Investigator in multiple NSF and NASA funded research projects (PHY-0653303, PHY-0722315, PHY-0714388, PHY-0722703, OCI-0832606, PHY-0903782, PHY-0969855, AST-1028087, DRL-1136221, PHY-1229173, PHY-1212426). She is a member of the Ligo Scientific Collaboration, currently serve as the Chair of the Topical Group in Gravitation of the APS and serves in numerous Panels at the NSF and NASA, and journal editorial boards.


Campanelli taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in the astrophysical, physical and mathematical sciences. Here are some useful teaching links: SMS, SIS Faculty, MyCourses, Online-Evaluations.