PhD student Carl Fields named to Forbes "30 under 30" in science
MSU astronomy PhD student Carl Fields was recently recognized as one of Forbes' "30 under 30" in Science for 2021. Carl is a theoretical and computational astrophysicist specializing in the evolution of massive stars and how they explode as supernovae at the end of their lives. He has published a number of journal papers on these and related topics, utilizing state of the art computer simulations to address key questions about massive stars and supernovae. These objects are a critical part of much of astrophysics, as they are the formation site of many of the elements and also possible sources of neutrinos and gravitational waves for "multi-messenger" astronomy. Even though their critical nature has long been realized, fundamental questions about the evolution of these stars through their explosion as supernovae remain very much open. This is where Carl and his colleagues, including his PhD adviser Sean Couch, are making their mark.
This Forbes list is just one of several honors Carl Fields has received. Just recently he was awarded a 2020 Dr. Pliny A. and Margaret H. Price Prize from the Ohio State University Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP). He has also been a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellow and received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and an Edward J. Petry Graduate Fellowship from Michigan State.