EDUCAtion

Ph.D. Astronomy  (in progress)                                                                                                     2017 - present                 
University of Washington
Advisor: Tom Quinn

M.S. Astronomy                                                                                                                                 2015 - 2017
University of Washington

B.S. Astrophysics                                                                                                                              2010 - 2014
California Institute of Technology


Academic employment

Research Assistant,  SLAC/Stanford                                                                                       10/2014 - 10/2015
"Galactic Dynamo Seeded by Magnetic Supernova Feedback"
Advisor: Dr. Tom Abel

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy              06/2013 - 09/2013
"The Effect of Baryons on the Distribution of Dark Matter in Galactic Halos"
Advisor: Dr. Andrea Maccio

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Caltech                                                           06/2012 - 09/2012
"Low-Frequency Quasi-Periodic Oscillations and Iron Line Variability of Discoseismic Corrugation Modes"
Advisor: Dr. David Tsang

LIGO Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, Caltech                                                   06/2011 - 09/2011
"Properties of Neutron Stars, Their Pulsational Modes, and Gravitational Wave Emission"
Advisor: Dr. Christian Ott


Grants and awards

Blue Waters Allocation Renewal                                                                                                     2018-2019
50,000 node-hours

Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 25 Theory Grant (Funded)                                                       2017 - 2018
"Cosmic Ray driven outflows and the structure of the CGM"
PI: Tom Quinn, CO-Is:  Iryna Butsky and Jessica Werk
Grant: $123,352  and 25,000 SUs on Pleiades

Blue Waters Graduate Fellow (Funded)                                                                                       2016 - 2017
Grant: $50,000 and 50,000 node-hours on Blue Waters

Flintridge Foundation SURF Fellow                                                                                                        2013
Nellie Bergen and Adrian Foster Tillotson SURF Fellow                                                                       2012
Valley Christian High School (VCHS) Salutatorian                                                                                2010


developer

Enzo                                                                                                                                            2014 - present

  • Added cosmic rays to the MHD Riemann solvers along with anisotropic diffusion and streaming

  • Implemented magnetic supernova feedback

ChaNGa                                                                                                                                       2015 - present

  • Implemented an improved artificial viscosity method and cosmic rays as a second fluid, including
    advection and isotropic diffusion.

  • Implemented an improved artificial viscosity method.


Students Mentored

Daven Cocroft (undergraduate senior)                                                                            Spring 2018 - present
Studying the growth of magnetic fields in the CGM of simulated isolated disk galaxies. 

Daniel Piacitelli (undergraduate freshman) Fall 2018 - present
PreMAP research project (continued) analyzing ram pressure stripping in the simulated
RomulusC galaxy cluster

Shreya Nakum (8th grade) Fall 2018 - present
Remote weekly mentoring through the MAGIC program. So far, we’ve explored a variety
of astronomy-related topics, like building a colony on Mars, extracting information from black
holes, and estimating the number of galaxies in the observable universe.

Jasmine Smith (undergraduate freshman) Fall 2018
PreMAP research project analyzing ram pressure stripping in the simulated RomulusC cluster.

Julia Jansen (undergraduate sophomore)                                                                      Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
PreMAP research project (continued) analyzing ram pressure stripping in simulated galaxy clusters

Eliana Sisman (high school sophomore)                                                                         Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Remote mentoring on a variety of projects through the MAGIC! program, including: building a chatbot, 
creating an informative website about biology, and developing an experiment to test the correlation
between scents and short-term memory. 

Tessa Pargiter-Hatem (undergraduate sophomore)                                                                             Fall 2017
PreMAP research project analyzing simulated galaxy clusters


publications

First and Second Author

Butsky, I. and Quinn, T. ”The Role of Cosmic Ray Transport in Shaping the Simulated Circumgalactic
Medium”
, The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 868, Issue 2, article id. 108, 20 pp., 2018

Butsky, I., Zrake, J., Kim, J.-h., Yang, H. and Abel, T.
Ab initio Simulations of a Supernova Driven Galactic Dynamo in an Isolated Disk Galaxy”,
The Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 843, Issue 2, article id. 113, 13 pp., 2017

Butsky, I., Maccio, A.V., Wang, L., Stinson, G., Dutton, A. A., Penzo, C., Kang, X., Keller, B.W., and Wadsley, J.
Halo shape, phase-space density and velocity distribution of dark matter in the NiHAO galaxy formation
simulations
”, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol.462, pp. 663-680, 2016

Tsang, D., and Butsky, I., Iron line variability of discoseismic corrugation modes”,
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol.435, pp.749-765, 2013.

(n)TH Author

Hummels, C. B., Smith, B. D., Hopkins, P. F., O’Shea, B. W., Silvia, D. W., Werk, J. K., Lehner, N., Wise, J. H., Collins, D. C., Butsky, I.The Impact of Enhanced Halo Resolution on the Simulated Circumgalactic Medium”, (submitted to ApJ).


Teaching, Leadership, Outreach

Teaching Assistant                                                                                                              8 terms, 2012-2016

  • ASTR 101, "The Evolving Universe" , UW Fall 2015, Spring 2016

  • ASTR 150, "Planets" , UW Winter 2016

  • Ay 1, "Intro to Astronomy", Caltech Spring 2012, 2013, 2014

  • Ay 21, "Galaxies and Cosmology" (online) , Caltech Winter 2013, 2014

UW Astronomy EquiTea Organizer                                                                                           2017 - present
PreMAP Grad Volunteer                                                                                                             2017 - present
UW Astronomy Major Mentor (mentored 2 undergraduates)                                                  2016 - present
Caltech Y RISE Tutor                                                                                                              2011,  2013 - 2014
Caltech Dance Troupe President                                                                                                   2012 - 2013
InnoWorks Mentor                                                                                                                          August 2012
Caltech Fleming House Social Team                                                                                              2011 - 2012
VCHS FRC Robotics Team Lead Programmer                                                                             2009 - 2010
VCHS Math Club President                                                                                                           2009 - 2010
VCHS Marching Band Drum Major                                                                                               2009 - 2010
VCHS FTC Robotics Team Project Manager                                                                               2008 - 2009


Skills

Fluent Computer Languages and Tools
Python, C++, yt, Pynbody, Matplotlib, LateX, 

Familiar Computer Languages and Tools
Cloudy, CSS, HTML, Julia, Java, Matlab, Mathematica, Pandas, RobotC, SQL 

Languages
Ukrainian (native), Russian (native), French (conversational), Spanish (conversational), German (intermediate)


Research Talks

Santa Cruz Galaxy Workshop, Santa Cruz, CA                                                                                   07/2018
"The Role of Cosmic Ray Transport in Shaping the Simulated CGM"

Circumgalactic Medium Workshop, Evanston, IL                                                                                07/2018
"The Role of Cosmic Ray Transport in Shaping the Simulated CGM"

Blue Waters Symposium, Sunriver, OR                                                                                                 06/2018
"The Role of Cosmic Ray Transport in Shaping the Simulated CGM"

Enzo Workshop, Atlanta, GA                                                                                                                   05/2018
"The Role of Cosmic Ray Transport in Shaping the Simulated CGM"

CTAC University of Zurich Lunch Talk,  Zurich, Switzerland                                                                 09/2017
"Simulating the CGM: The Case for Anisotropic Cosmic Ray Diffusion"

Blue Waters Symposium, Sunriver, OR                                                                                                   06/2017
"The Role of Cosmic Rays in Isolated Disk Galaxies"

 KIPAC Tea Talk, Menlo Park, CA                                                                                                              06/2015
"Galactic Magnetic Fields Originating From Supernovae"

Theoretical Astrophysics in Southern California Meeting, Los Angeles, CA                                      12/2013
"The Effect of Baryons on the Dark Matter Halo Shape"

Caltech SURF Seminar, Pasadena, CA                                                                                                    10/2013
"The Effect of Baryons on the Dark Matter Halo Shape"

MPIA Galaxy Coffee, Heidelberg, Germany                                                                                          09/2013
"The Effect of Baryons on the Distribution of Dark Matter in Galactic Halos"

Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Research, Camarillo, CA                                 11/2012
"X-ray Signatures of Low Frequency Disk Oscillations Around Black Holes"

 Caltech SURF Seminar, Pasadena, CA                                                                                                 08/2012
"Low-Frequency Quasi-Periodic Oscillations and Iron Line Variability of Discoseismic Corrugation Modes"

Caltech SURF Seminar, Pasadena, CA                                                                                                    10/2011
"Properties of Neutron Stars, Their Pulsational Modes, and Gravitational Wave Emission"


Poster Presentations

Blue Waters Symposium, Sunriver, OR                                                                                                06/2017
"The Role of Cosmic Rays in Isolated Disk Galaxies"

American Astronomical Society Meeting, Washington D.C.                                                              01/2014
"The Effect of Baryons on the Distribution of Dark Matter in Galactic Halos"

American Astronomical Society Meeting, Washington D.C.                                                              01/2013
"Low-Frequency Quasi-Periodic Oscillations and Iron Line Variability of Discoseismic Corrugation Modes"