and any other Astrophysical Phenomena in the Strong-Field Regime of Gravity
Scott holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Caltech. Even though he has accomplished research in a myriad of fields such as quantum computing, high-energy physics, and nuclear physics, Scott's primary focus is now on understanding plasma dynamics in the strong-field regime of gravity using state of the art high performance computing codes. He is the author of programs for solving the equations governing magnetohydrodynamics in general relativity used by researchers around the world. His most recent code, HARM3D, was one of the first 3D flux conservative codes used to calculate black hole accretion disk dynamics. Scott's interests further extend to calculating the electromagnetic radiation from dynamical simulations via the general relativistic radiative transfer code he developed. His emission models of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, Sagittarius A*, have been featured in popular online science magazines such as discovermagazine.com and sciencenews.org.
At RIT Scott is an associate research scientist at CCRG who is working on GRMHD simulations of accretion disks around supermassive black hole binaries, under the support of NSF grant AST- 1028087 (PI: Manuela Campanelli).