Curriculum Vitae

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Kathryn Forbes Neugent

Education | Research | Work | Teaching | Leadership | Funding

Other Qualifications | Publications | Conferences | Talks | Observing | pdf

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Education

University of Washington, 2017 – present
Seattle, Washington
PhD Candidate in Astronomy
IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Scholar

Northern Arizona University, 2015 – 2017
Flagstaff, Arizona
M.S. Degree with Distinction in Applied Physics with an emphasis on astronomy

George Washington University, 2010 – 2012
Washington D. C.
M.S. Degree in Computer Science
Certificate in Cyber Security and Information Assurance
National Science Foundation’s Scholarship for Service Cyber Corps participant

Wellesley College, 2006 – 2010
Wellesley, Massachusetts
B.A. Degrees in Computer Science and Astronomy

Research

Research Associate, Lowell Observatory, 2009 – present
Flagstaff, Arizona
Research massive stars in the Local Group with Dr. Philip Massey. Projects include:

  • The discovery and characterization of a new type of Wolf-Rayet star
  • Determining the periods of O-type binaries and using the results to estimate the stars’ masses
  • Surveying M31, M33 and the Magellanic Clouds for Wolf-Rayet Stars
  • Comparing the spectral modeling programs CMFGEN and FASTWIND by modeling O-type stars in the Magellanic Clouds
  • Using yellow and red supergiants in the Magellanic Clouds to test current stellar evolutionary theory

MANOS Team Member, Lowell Observatory, 2014 – 2015
Flagstaff, Arizona
Created an image reduction pipeline in IRAF for Mission Accessible Near-Earth Object Survey (MANOS) data. Images were taken using the Large Monolithic Imager on Lowell’s Discovery Channel Telescope, PRISM on Lowell’s 72-inch Perkins telescope, MOSAIC on Kitt Peak’s Mayall 4-m, ANDICAM on the CTIO 1.3-m, and NOAO’s SOAR telescope.

Astronomy Research Student, Wellesley College, 2009
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Studied the azimuthal brightness differences in Saturn’s A and B rings using VIMS Cassini data.

MIT / Wellesley Field Camp Participant, Lowell Observatory, 2008
Flagstaff, Arizona
Worked with Henry Roe to characterize the Xenix CCD which is now used to monitor Titan’s clouds on a nightly basis.

Astronomy Department Sophomore Early Research Participant, Wellesley College, 2007 – 2008
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Studied Koronis family asteroids to improve size estimates and determine rotation periods using Whitin’s 24-inch telescope for image collection, and IRAF for data processing. Published results in the Minor Planet Bulletin.

Work

Senior Web Security Specialist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2014 – 2015
Golden, Colorado
Assessed the vulnerability of web applications. Helped manage the web application firewall. Conducted site-wide phishing exercises. Participated in incident response events.

Cyber Security Engineer, MITRE Corporation2012 – 2013
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Assessed the vulnerability of government systems, specifically web applications. Worked as part of a team to formulate and execute test plans for open source software. Developed a test plan framework for a classified client.

Bioinformatics Intern, MITRE Corporation, 2011 – 2012
McLean, Virginia
Developed and programmed a face recognition program in R based on transforming human descriptors (round head, big nose) into geometric descriptors.

Information Services Consultant Manager, Wellesley College, 2007 – 2010
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Troubleshot and fixed student and faculty computers on campus through one-on-one sessions and phone support. Common issues: network problems, viruses, and spyware.

Whitin Observatory Assistant and Observer, Wellesley College, 2006 – 2009
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Collected data for faculty’s research using Whitin’s 24-inch telescope during 50+ nights of observing time. Performed administrative tasks for the department.

Modeling, Simulation, Wargaming and Analysis Intern, Booz Allen Hamilton, 2008
Rosslyn, Virginia
Helped develop a questionnaire tool for the US Navy using Microsoft Access, VB, and SQL programming. Improved a GUI for the US Air Force using JAVA.

Teaching

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, 2020 – present
Seattle, Washington
Lead undergraduate Astronomy discussion groups and hold office hours.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Northern Arizona University, 2015 – 2016
Flagstaff, Arizona
Taught undergraduate introductory Physics (mechanics) and Astronomy labs.

Whitin Observatory Teaching Assistant, Wellesley College, 2006 – 2009
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Assisted students during introductory astronomy indoor and outdoor lab sessions. Operated 100-year-old Clark refractors and 8-inch Meade LX200s.

Computer Science Teaching Assistant, Wellesley College, 2008
Wellesley, Massachusetts
Tutored computer science students and assisted faculty by grading homework and holding office hours to answer student’s questions.

Let’s Get Ready SAT Test Prep Instructor, Framingham High School, 2007 – 2008
Framingham, Massachusetts
Taught 25 low-income High School Juniors SAT Verbal skills during weekly 2-hour-long sessions. Assigned and graded homework, and prepared classes.

Leadership and Outreach

Research Advisor
Currently mentoring Tzvetelina Dimitrova, UW undergraduate

Apache Point Observatory Telescope Allocation Committee
Member; 2018 – Present

UW Planetarium Presenter
Give ~monthly planetarium presentations to the surrounding community using UW’s campus planetarium; 2017 – Present

Skype a Scientist
Participant; 2020 – Present

Seattle Area Feline Rescue
Weekly volunteer; 2020 – Present

Look What The Cat Brought In
Board member of cat rescue shelter in Colorado; 2014 – Present

Wellesley College ASTRO Club
Past secretary, Treasurer and President

Wellesley College Choir
Past rehearsal manager, Business Manager and President

Funding

2019 – HST Cycle 25 STIS – 16 orbits, “A First Investigation of the UV Extinction Properties of Interstellar Dust in M33” (Co-I)
2018 – Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
2017 – ADAP, “The Fundamental Physical Properties of Wolf-Rayet Stars” (Co-I)
2016 – AAS International Travel grant
2016 – HST Cycle 24 STIS – 30 orbits, “Mapping the UV Extinction Properties of PHAT Stars in M31” (Co-I)
2016 – HST Cycle 24 WFC3/UVIS SNAP – 33 orbits, “Searching for the Most Massive Stars in M31 and M33” (Co-I)
2014 – HST Cycle 22 COS and STIS – 9 orbits, “WO-Type Wolf-Rayet Stars: the Last Hurrah of the Most Massive Stars?” (Co-I)
2014 – HST Cycle 22 COS – 6 orbits, “The Nature of Newly Discovered Wolf-Rayet Stars in the LMC” (Co-I)
2012 – HST Cycle 20 WFC3/UVIS SNAP – 20 orbits, “The Unevolved Massive Star Content of the Magellanic Clouds” (Co-I)

Other Qualifications

Refereed papers from A&A, ApJ, AJ, and MNRAS

Computer
Experienced with: Microsoft Suite, Adobe Suite
Languages: JAVA, JavaScript, SQL, Python, PHP, FORTRAN
Scientific Languages: MatLab, IDL, IRAF, R
Familiar with: Windows, OSX, and Unix / Linux Operating Systems

Memberships
American Astronomical Society Junior Member
Past Associate of (ISC)2 towards Certified Information Systems Security Professional

Languages
Three years Spanish and two years Attic Greek

First-Authored Publications

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14) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Georgy, C., Drout, M. R., Mommert, M., Levesque, E. M., Meynet, G., & Ekström, S., 2020, “The Luminosity Function of Red Supergiants in M31,” ApJ, 889,1 ads

13) Neugent, K. F., & Massey, P., 2019, “The Wolf-Rayet Content of the Galaxies of the Local Group and Beyond,” Review paper in MDPI Galaxies special issue on “Luminous Stars in Nearby Galaxies” ads

12) Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., Massey, P., & Morrell, N. I., 2019, “Binary Red Supergiants II: Discovering and Characterizing B-type Companions,” ApJ, 875, 124 ads

11) Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., & Massey, P., 2018, “Binary Red Supergiants: A New Method for Detecting B-type Companions,” AJ, 156, 225 ads

10) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., & Morrell, N. I., 2018, “A Modern Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Magellanic Clouds. IV. A Final Census,” ApJ, 863, 181 ads

9) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Morrell, N. I., Skiff, B., & Georgy, C., 2018, “A Runaway Yellow Supergiant Star in the Small Magellanic Cloud,” AJ, 155, 207 ads

8) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Hillier, D. J., & Morrell, N. I., 2017, “The Evolution and Physical Parameters of WN3/O3s: a New Type of Wolf-Rayet Star,” ApJ, 841, 20 ads

7) Neugent, K. F., & Massey, P., 2014, “The Close Binary Frequency of Wolf-Rayet Stars as a Function of Metallicity in M31 and M33,” ApJ, 789, 10 ads

6) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., & Morrell, N. I., 2012, “The Discovery of a Rare WO-type Wolf-Rayet Star in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” AJ, 144, 162 ads

5) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., & Georgy, C., 2012, “The Wolf-Rayet Content of M31,” ApJ, 759, 11 ads

4) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Skiff, B., & Meynet, G., 2012, “Yellow Supergiants in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” ApJ, 749, 177 ads

3) Neugent, K. F., & Massey, P., 2011, “The Wolf-Rayet Content of M33,” ApJ, 733, 123 ads

2) Neugent, K. F., & Massey, P., 2010, “The Spectrum of the Night Sky Over Kitt Peak: Changes Over Two Decades,” PASP, 122, 1246 ads

1) Neugent, K. F., Massey, P., Skiff, B., Drout, M. R., Meynet, G., & Olsen, K. A. G., 2010, “Yellow Supergiants in the Small Magellanic Cloud: Putting Current Evolutionary Theory To The Test,” ApJ, 719, 1784 ads

Co-Authored Publications

10) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Levesque, E. M., 2019, “The Discovery of Quasi-stellar Objects behind M31 and M33,” AJ, 157, 227 ads

9) Aadland, E., Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Drout, M. R., 2018, “Shedding Light on the Isolation of Luminous Blue Variables,” AJ, 156, 294 ads

8) Massey, P., Levine, S. E., Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., Morrell, N. I., & Skiff, B., 2018, “A Runaway Giant in the Galactic Halo,” AJ, 156, 265 ads

7) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Morrell, N. I., 2017, “A Modern Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Magellanic Clouds. III. A Third Year of Discoveries,” ApJ, 837, 122 ads

6) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Smart, B. M., 2016, “A Spectroscopic Survey of Massive Stars in M31 and M33,” AJ, 152, 62 ads

5) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Morrell, N. I., 2015, “A Modern Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Magellanic Clouds. II. A Second Year of Discoveries,” ApJ, 807, 81 ads

4) Morrell, N. I., Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Penny, L. R., & Gies, D. R., 2014, “Photometric and Spectroscopic Studies of Massive Binaries in the Large Magellanic Cloud. II. Three O-type Systems in the 30 Dor Region,” ApJ, 789, 139 ads

3) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Morrell, N. I., & Hillier, D. J., 2014, “A Modern Search for Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Magellanic Clouds: First Results,” ApJ, 788, 83 ads

2) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Hillier, D. J., & Puls, J., 2013, “A Bake-off between CMFGEN and FASTWIND: Modeling the Physical Properties of SMC and LMC O-type Stars,” ApJ, 768, 6 ads

1) Massey, P., Morrell, N. I., Neugent, K. F., Penny, L. R., DeGioia-Eastwood, K., & Gies, D. R., 2012, “Photometric and Spectroscopic Studies of Massive Binaries in the Large Magellanic Cloud. I. Introduction and Orbits for Two Detatched Systems: Evidence for a Mass Discrepancy?” ApJ, 748, 96 ads

Conference Proceedings

May 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19): The Binary Fraction of Red Supergiants at Massive Stars Near and Far in Ireland. IAUS 361. (invited talk)

May 2019: Binary Red Supergiants: A New Method for Detecting B-type Companions at the MMT’s 40th Anniversary Conference in Tucson, AZ. (talk)

January 2019: Binary Red Supergiants: A New Method for Detecting B-type Companions at the Seattle AAS Meeting #233. (poster)

November 2018: Surveys and Populations of Wolf-Rayet Stars at NidiaFest in Bariloche, Argentina. (invited talk)

January 2018: A Runaway Yellow Supergiant Star in the Small Magellanic Cloud at the Washington DC AAS Meeting #231. (poster) ads

June 2017: A new type of Wolf-Rayet star: A possible progenitor to Type Ic-BL supernovae and long duration GRBs at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science (EWASS) Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. (talk)

November 2016: The Evolutionary Status of WN3/O3 Wolf-Rayet Stars at The lives and death-throes of massive stars in Auckland, New Zealand. IAUS 329 (talk) ads

June 2016: WN3/O3 Wolf-Rayet Stars: Examples of Homogeneous Evolution? at Bridging the gap: from massive stars to supernovae at Chicheley Hall, England. (poster)

July 2015: The Discovery and Physical Parameterization of a New Type of Wolf-Rayet Star at the International Workshop on Wolf-Rayet Stars in Potsdam, Germany. (talk) ads

June 2014: The Close Binary Frequency of Wolf-Rayet Stars as a Function of Metallicity in M31 and M33 at IAU #307: New windows on massive stars: asteroseismology, interferometry, and spectropolarimetry in Geneva, Switzerland. (poster and mini talk) ads

June 2013: The Wolf-Rayet Content of Local Group Galaxies at Massive Stars: From Alpha to Omega in Rhodes, Greece. (talk) ads

May 2011: Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Local Group at the Boston AAS Meeting #218. (poster) ads

January 2010: Determining the Physical Parameters of Massive Stars in the SMC and LMC at the Washington DC AAS Meeting #215. (poster) ads

Talks

April 2020: Binary Red Supergiants for Lowell Observatory’s “Ask An Astronomer” Live YouTube series. Watch a video here!

October 2019: The Extragalactic Runaway Yellow Supergiant That Wasn’t (but was something even better) at Seattle’s Astronomy on Tap. Watch a video here!

April 2019: Why it is difficult to be an observational astronomer in Seattle for the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory

July 2018: Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Local Group Galaxies for a Geneva University, Switzerland colloquium

October 2016: Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Local Group Galaxies for a Colorado University: Boulder lunch colloquium

October 2016: Wolf-Rayet Stars in the Local Group Galaxies for a University of Washington lunch colloquium

Telescope Time as PI*/co-PI

Telescope Instrument # Nights
Gemini 8m GMOS 2.5
MMT 6.5m* Hectospec 18
Magellan (Clay and Baade) 6.5m IMACS, MagE, FIRE 20
Lowell Discovery Telescope 4.3m* LMI 9
Apache Point 3.5m* DIS 1.5
Kitt Peak 2.1m Gold Spectrograph 5
Swope 1m CCD 45

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