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Mason L. Keck

Curriculum Vitae

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Astronomy
Boston University
725 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: (541)999-4728

keckm@bu.edu

people.bu.edu/keckm

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Boston University, Boston, MA USA

2012 - present

 

Ph.D.,  Astronomy

 

 

 

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR USA

 

2008-2012

 

Honors B.S.,  Physics (Graduation date: June 2012)

Honors Thesis: X-ray Emissions in Measurements of the Neutron Capture Cross Sections for the Production of 197Hg and 197Pt and Scoping the Science Parameter Space of Future X-ray Astrophysics Calorimeter Missions

  • Advisor: Dr. Ken Krane

 

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

High-Energy Astrophysics, Multi-Wavelength Analysis of AGN, Satellite Missions, Gravitational Physics, Cosmology, Astrostatistics, Computational Astrophysics

 

 

RESEARCH POSITIONS

Boston University, Boston, MA USA   

   Graduate Researcher

2013 - present

 

 

 

  • Analyzing Blazar Jets using Very Long Baseline Interferometry with the VLBA.
  • Advisor: Dr. Alan Marscher

 

 

 

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA USA

 

    Student Intern

Summer 2012

 

  • Analyzed GRAIL satellite maneuver execution errors using JPL navigation software, MONTE, to help improve the GRAIL spacecraft dynamic models.
  • Advisors: Tung-Han You, Pete Antreasian

 

 

 

 

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD USA

 

    Student Intern

Summer 2011

 

  • Wrote a computational routine to automate Monte Carlo simulations using X-ray spectral fitting package Xspec to help with the development of future X-ray astrophysics calorimeter missions
  • Advisor: Dr. Andy Ptak

 

 

 

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR USA

 

    Undergraduate Researcher

2010 – 2012

 

  • Developed a computational routine to simulate X-ray background in neutron cross-section experiments (2011-2012)
  • Performed gamma ray spectral analysis to help determine nuclear energy levels and the half-life of Chlorine-38 using gamma ray spectral analysis program SAMPO (Summer 2010)
  • Advisor: Dr. Ken Krane

 

 

 

 

    Undergraduate Researcher

2010 – 2011

 

  • Developed a Python routine, using SPI master/slave protocol, to adjust the frequency output from a frequency synthesizer for an amateur radio telescope
  • Advisor: Dr. William Hetherington

 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Oregon State Physics Department Scholarship Award

2010

 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Boston University, Boston, MA USA

 

    Teaching Fellow

 

Š      Cosmology, Professor Alan Marscher

Spring 2013

 

Š      Alien Worlds, Professor Andrew West

Fall 2012

 

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR USA

 

    Laboratory Teaching Assistant, Tutor

 

 

Š      General Physics, Instructor Chris Coffin

Fall 2010

 

 

 

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

President, Society of Physics Students (SPS) Chapter, OSU

Organized outreach events at OSU and local elementary schools.  Represented undergraduate majors for faculty search.

2011 - 2012

 

 

 

COMPUTING SKILLS

Languages: Python, IDL

Astronomy Software Packages: Xspec, Diffmap

Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

 

 

 

 

SEMINARS & INVITED TALKS

  • Talk: Improved Maneuver Reconstructions for the GRAIL Orbiters. In Proceedings of the 2013 Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium Student Symposium (Corvallis OR, Feb. 2013)

 

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS & CONTRIBUTED TALKS

  • Poster: Improved Maneuver Reconstructions for the GRAIL Orbiters. In Proceedings of the National Council of NASA Space Grant Directors’ Spring Meeting  (Washington D.C., Mar. 2013)
  • Paper: Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Mission (GRAIL) Orbit Determination You, T., Antreasian, P., Broschart, S., et al. 2012, in Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics (Pasadena CA, Oct. 2012)
  • Talk: Scoping the Science Parameter Space of Future X-Ray Calorimeter Missions. In Proceedings of the 2011 Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium Student Symposium (Corvallis OR, Nov. 2011)

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

H-index of 0
First Author of 0 refereed publications
Co-author on 1 additional refereed publication
 
“Gamma-Ray Energies in the Decay of 38Cl,” K.S. Krane, M.L. Keck, E.B. Norman, and A.P. Shivprasad, Applied Radiation and Isotopes, (2011), doi:10.1016/j.apradiso.2011.12.033

 

 

OUTREACH

Graduate Volunteer, BU Astronomy Outreach Event

Presented a lecture and led a lab demonstration for high school students

 

Undergrad Coordinator, OSU Discovery Days Program

Organized undergraduate volunteers and set up and ran physics department science displays for elementary school students

 

Student Mentor, OSU SMILE Program

Led middle school students with a day-long engineering project.

November 20, 2012

 

 

 

 

2011   2012

 

 

 

March 3, 2011

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES

 

Dr. Alan P. Marscher

Professor

Department of Astronomy

Boston University

725 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

Office: 617-353-5029; Fax: 617-353-5704
http://www.bu.edu/blazars

 

Dr. Kenneth S. Krane

Professor Emeritus

Physics Department

Oregon State University

301 Weniger Hall

Corvallis, OR 97331-6507

Office: (541) 737-1692

kranek@physics.oregonstate.edu

http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/~kranek/

 

Dr. Andrew F. Ptak

Research Astrophysicist

NASA/GSFC

Mail Code 662

Greenbelt, MD 20771

Office: (301) 286-1154

Andrew.f.ptak@nasa.gov

 

Dr. Tung-Han You

Navigation Section Chief

NASA/JPL

M/S 264-820
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109

tung-han.you@jpl.nasa.gov

 

 

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