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Program Directors


Brian M. O'Shea

Director, Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (ICER); Professor CMSE, P&A, NSCL

Brian O'Shea is a computational astrophysicist whose work focuses on cosmological structure formation and fluid dynamics - specifically, the formation and evolution of galaxies in a variety of environments and over the age of the universe, and the properties of hot, diffuse plasmas in the intergalactic and intracluster medium. He is a co-author of the open-source Enzo adaptive mesh code, an expert in high performance computing, and an advocate for open-source computing and open-source science. Prior to arriving at Michigan State, he received his PhD in physics from the University of Illinois and was a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National laboratory.
oshea at msu dot edu


Danny Caballero

Associate Professor CMSE, P&A

Marcos (Danny) Caballero studies how tools and science practices affect student learning in physics and computational science, and the conditions and environments that support or inhibit this learning. He conducts research from high school to upper division levels and is particularly interested in how students learn through their use of tools such as mathematics and computing. His work employs cognitive and sociocultural theories of learning and aims to blend these perspectives to enhance physics and computational science instruction. Danny earned the first physics education-focused Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 2011 working on computational modeling instruction and practice. He then moved to the University of Colorado Boulder as a postdoctoral researcher and helped transform upper-division physics courses into more active learning environments.




  • Kenneth M. Merz Jr. 
  • Arjun Krishnan