Dr. Maria Babiuc
Assistant Professor of Physics







M.S. (Condensed Matter Physics), University of Iasi
Ph.D. (Theoretical Physics), University of Iasi


Dr. Babiuc conducts research in numerical relativity on black holes and gravitational radiation. Specifically, she is developing methods to solve the Einstein equations in a full 3D code to stimulate black hole evolution and to compute the gravitational waveforms emitted by an in-spiraling binary system.


Dr. Babiuc received a NSF grant for the project "Precise Computation of Gravitational Waves at Infinity: The Cauchy-Characteristic Approach." This project has three objectives: (1) to create a flexible interface between a "Cauchy" computational code that simulates the black holes inspiral and a "characteristic" computational code that takes the gravitational wave and caries it all the way to infinity, (2) to perform precise computations of gravitational waveforms at infinity from binary black holes, using this Cauchy-characteristic approach, in collaboration with two major numerical relativity groups, and (3) to transform the code that implements this method into an efficient open tool for the scientific community.


Dr. Babiuc teaches upper level Modern Physics course and lab, Biomedical Physics course and lab, lower-level College Physics course and lab, and a graduate level Remote Sensing Detectors course. She is preparing to teach First-Year Seminar and core courses, which are intended to enhance students' critical thinking, and the College's support of interdisciplinary programs.


Prior to coming to Marshall, Dr. Babiuc completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, where she designed and maintained websites for the Apples-with-Apples Alliance and the Pitt Numerical Relativity Group.  As a visiting scientist at the Albert-Einstein-Institut in Golm, Germany, she developed strategies for obtaining physically realistic boundary data. Dr. Babiuc has attended numerous training workshops in supercomputing, including: Introduction to the Cray XT3 Workshop, Introduction to Tera-scale Code Development, Enabling Technologies for High End Computer Simulations, New Methods for Developing Peta-scalable Codes, and the Cactus Retreat.


Contact Info
telephone: (304) 696-2754
e-mail: babiuc@marshall.edu
website: http://www.science.marshall.edu/babiuc/