Director of Undergraduate Research: Dr. Matthew Civiletti
I teach in the Department of Physics, and my research specialty is inflationary cosmology. I have worked on exploring the consequences of supersymmetry to models of cosmic inflation, and particularly on how the constraints of Grand Unified Theories affect the predictive power of inflationary models. Since coming to Queens College, I have worked with undergraduate students on non-supersymmetric inflationary model-building projects. Our recent research concerns how to apply novel numerical techniques to models of cosmic inflation, focusing on simple and popular models. Through these projects, students learn the essentials of inflationary cosmology and various numerical techniques.