Curriculum Vitae

(last updated: November 18, 2021)

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+ Education

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2017 – 2021
Ph.D. and M.S. Degrees in Astronomy
NSF IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Scholar
Thesis: “The Red Supergiant Binary Fraction”
Advisor: Dr. Emily Levesque

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, 2015 – 2017
M.S. Degree with Distinction in Applied Physics
Thesis: “The Discovery and Analysis of a New Type of Wolf-Rayet Star”
Advisor: Dr. Philip Massey

George Washington University, Washington D. C., 2010 – 2012
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, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 2006 – 2010
B.A. Degrees in Computer Science and Astronomy

+ Research Appointments

Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, 2021 – present

Research Associate, Lowell Observatory, 2009 – present
Research massive stars in the Local Group with Dr. Philip Massey.

MANOS Team Member, Lowell Observatory, 2014 – 2015
Created an image reduction pipeline for Mission Accessible Near-Earth Object Survey (MANOS) data with Dr. Nick Moskovitz.

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

MIT / Wellesley Field Camp Participant, Lowell Observatory, 2008
Characterized the Xenix CCD with Dr. Henry Roe.

Astronomy Department Sophomore Early Research Participant, Wellesley College, 2007 – 2008
Studied Koronis family asteroids to improve size estimates and determine rotation periods with Dr. Steve Slivan.

+ Non-Research Appointments

Senior Web Security Specialist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado, 2014 – 2015
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 CorporationColorado, 2012 – 2013
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.

+ Teaching & Advising

Research Advisor: Currently mentoring Tzvetelina Dimitrova, UW undergraduate, January 2018 – Present

Pre-MAP Advisor: Lead two UW undergraduates in a quarter-long research project determining the redshift of quasars, Fall 2020

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Washington, 2020
Classes: Introductory Astronomy for non-majors, Observational Astronomy for majors

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Northern Arizona University, 2015 – 2016
Classes: Introductory Astronomy for non-majors, Physics: Mechanics for non-majors

Whitin Observatory Teaching Assistant, Wellesley College, 2006 – 2009
Classes: Introductory Astronomy for non-majors

Computer Science Teaching Assistant, Wellesley College, 2008
Classes: Computer Architecture for majors

+ Awards, Leadership and Outreach

UW’s Distinguished Dissertation Award recipient

Letters to a PreScientist Writer: 2020 – Present
Skype a Scientist: 2020 – Present
Apache Point Observatory Telescope Allocation Committee: 2018 – 2020
UW Planetarium Presenter: 2017 – 2020

Referee for A&A, ApJ, AJ, and MNRAS

Seattle Area Feline Rescue volunteer: 2020
Look What The Cat Brought In board member: 2014 – Present
Wellesley College Alum Admissions Interviewer: 2018 – 2021

+ First-Authored Refereed Publications

total h-index = 15, first-authored h-index = 11

16) Neugent, K. F. 2021, “The Red Supergiant Binary Fraction as a Function of Metallicity in M31 and M33,” ApJ, 908, 87 ads

15) Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., Massey, P., Morrell, N. I., & Drout, M. R., 2020, “The Red Supergiant Binary Fraction of the Large Magellanic Cloud,” ApJ, 900, 2 ads

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 Refereed Publications

15) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Dorn-Wallenstein, T. Z., Eldridge, J. J., Stanway, E. R., & Levesque, E. M., 2021, “Testing Evolutionary Models with Red Supergiant and Wolf-Rayet Populations,” ApJ, in press

14) Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., Drout, M. R., & Courteau, S. 2020, “The Red Supergiant Content of M31 and M33,” AJ, 161, 79 ads

13) Dorn-Wallenstein, T. Z., Levesque, E. M., Neugent, K. F., Davenport, J. R. A., Morris, B. M., & Gootkin, K., 2020, “Short Term Variability of Evolved Massive Stars with TESS II: A New Class of Cool, Pulsating Supergiants,” ApJ, 902, 24 ads

12) Margon, B., Massey, P., Neugent, K. F., & Morrell, N., 2020, “A Survey for C II Emission-Line Stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud,” ApJ, 898, 85 ads

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

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

9) 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

8) 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

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

6) 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

5) 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

4) 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

3) Margutti, R., et al., inc. Neugent, K. F. 2014, “A Panchromatic View of the Restless SN 2009ip Reveals the Explosive Ejection of a Massive Star Envelope”, ApJ, 780, 21

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

+ Select Non-Refereed Publications

3) Dimitrova, T. A., Neugent, K. F., Levesque, E. M., & Massey, P., 2020, “Locating Red Supergiants in the Galaxy IC10,” RNAAS, 4, 107 ads

2) Slivan, S. M., Neugent, K. F., Melton, C., & Beck, M., 2018, “Koronis Family Member (3032) Evans: Photometric Reconnaissance and Lightcurves in 2008, 2009, and 2016,” Minor Planet Bulletin, 45, 72 ads

1) Neugent, K. F., & Slivan, S. M., 2008, “Rotation Periods and H Magnitudes of Two Koronis Family Members,” Minor Planet Bulletin, 35, 116 ads

+ Conferences

Invited Talks (6)

November 2022 – The Wolf-Rayet phenomenon in the Universe” in Morelia, Mexico
May 2022 – IAUS #361: Massive Stars Near and Far” in Ballyconnell, Ireland
June 2021 – AAS Meeting #238, Special Session on TZOs
June 2021 – GAPS 2021: unsolved problems in red Giants And suPergiantS
November 2018 – “NidiaFest: Massive Stars Near and Far” in Bariloche, Argentina
June 2017- EWASS Conference in Prague, Czech Republic

Contributed Talks (8)

June 2021 – EAS, “Stars on the Pathway to becoming GW Sources”
May 2021 – IAUS #361: “Massive Stars Near and Far” Virtual Preview Meeting
January 2021 – AAS Meeting #237 (dissertation talk)
July 2020 – MOBSTER-1 Virtual Conference
May 2019 – MMT’s 40th Anniversary Conference in Tucson, AZ
November 2016 – IAUS #329: “The lives and death-throes of massive stars” in Auckland, New Zealand ads
July 2015 – “International Workshop on Wolf-Rayet Stars” in Potsdam, Germany ads
June 2013 – “Massive Stars: From Alpha to Omega” in Rhodes, Greece ads

Posters (6)

January 2019 – Seattle AAS Meeting #233
January 2018 – Washington DC AAS Meeting #231
June 2016 – “Bridging the gap: from massive stars to supernovae” at Chicheley Hall, England
June 2014 – “New windows on massive stars” in Geneva, Switzerland ads
May 2011 – Boston AAS Meeting #218 ads
January 2010 – Washington DC AAS Meeting #215 ads

 + Public Talks & Colloquia

2021 – MIT lunch talk
2021 – Colorado University: Boulder colloquium 
2021 – University of Toronto colloquium
2021 – DAO / NRC HAA Astronomy colloquium
2021 – Case Western Reserve University colloquium
2021 – Denver University colloquium
2021 – NOIRLab / Steward Colloquium
2021 – University of Auckland Astronomy seminar
2020 – Ohio State University CCAPP Seminar
2020 – CalTech Tea Talk
2020 – Harvard / CfA’s Galaxies & Cosmology Seminar. Watch a video here!
2020 – Florida Tech colloquium
2020 – Lowell Observatory’s “Meet An Astronomer” Live YouTube series. Watch a video here!
2020 – Lowell Observatory’s “Meet An Astronomer” Live YouTube series. Watch a video here!
2019 – Seattle’s Astronomy on Tap. Watch a video here!
2019 – UW’s Theodor Jacobsen Observatory Public night
2018 – Geneva University, Switzerland colloquium
2016 – Colorado University: Boulder lunch colloquium
2016 – University of Washington lunch colloquium

+ Funding

2020 – HST Cycle 28 COS – 2 orbits, “The Nature of a Newly Discovered Wolf-Rayet Binary: Archetype of Stripping?” (Co-I)
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, 2018 – IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Scholarship
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)

 + Telescope Time as PI*/co-PI

Telescope Instrument # Nights
Gemini 8m* GMOS 4.5
MMT 6.5m* Hectospec 18
Magellan (Clay and Baade) 6.5m IMACS, MagE, FIRE 20
Lowell Discovery Telescope 4.3m* LMI, EXPRES 14
Apache Point 3.5m* DIS 1.5
Kitt Peak 2.1m Gold Spectrograph 5
Swope 1m CCD 45