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Patrick Young

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Associate Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography

Patrick Young is a theoretical astrophysicist and astrobiologist. He uses computer simulations to understand stellar evolution, supernova explosions, and the synthesis of the chemical elements. Observations of real supernova remnants compared to 3D models illuminate how supernovae explode and how they distribute newly created elements into interstellar gas that will form stars and planets. He also studies the impact of chemical composition on planetary habitability. Understanding how planets and their host stars co-evolve will facilitate the choice of targets for future missions that will search for signatures of life on exoplanets. He is a science lead on the NASA Nexus for Exoplanet System Science project "Exoplanetary Ecosystems" headquartered at ASU. Since August of 2017 he has been associate director for community outreach in the School of Earth and Space Exploration.

Education
  • Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Arizona 2004
  • B.S. Astronomy,  University of Texas at Austin 1998
  • B.S. Physics, University of Texas at Austin 1998

 

Research Interests

Patrick Young is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in the lives and deaths of stars and their effects on their environments, from synthesis of the chemical elements to planetary habitability. His current research touches on several areas. It involves computational hydrodynamics simulations of stellar interiors, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts (the most energetic explosive events in the universe), and the synthesis and ejection of elements by nuclear fusion in stars and stellar explosions. He also models the evolution of stars over the entire span of their lives and how their radiation, winds, and stellar activity may affect the habitability of nearby planets. His interests extend to observations of stellar chemical compositions, and he works with geoscientists to understand how their unexpected diversity may affect the mineral makeup and geophysical evolution of exoplanets. The impact of these processes range from the evolution of galaxies, to the interaction of stellar winds with local environments, to the enrichment of forming solar systems with the elements needed for life.

Research Activity
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
AST 522Stars & Interstellar Medium II
SES 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
PHY 792Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 194Special Topics
PHY 194Special Topics
AST 321Intro/Planetary/Stellar Astrop
PHY 492Honors Directed Study
PHY 493Honors Thesis
PHY 495Project Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 493Honors Thesis
SES 692Research
PHY 792Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 194Special Topics
PHY 194Special Topics
AST 321Intro/Planetary/Stellar Astrop
PHY 492Honors Directed Study
PHY 493Honors Thesis
PHY 495Project Research
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 111Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113Astronomy Laboratory I
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 494Special Topics
AST 522Stars & Interstellar Medium II
GLG 592Research
AST 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 792Research
PHY 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PHY 194Special Topics
SES 194Special Topics
AST 321Intro/Planetary/Stellar Astrop
AST 499Individualized Instruction
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
SES 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 111Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113Astronomy Laboratory I
GLG 592Research
AST 692Research
AST 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 113Astronomy Laboratory I
AST 498Pro-Seminar
AST 591Seminar
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
GLG 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
PHY 792Research
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 321Intro/Planetary/Stellar Astrop
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
GLG 692Research
AST 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
GLG 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 111Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113Astronomy Laboratory I
GLG 592Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 494Special Topics
AST 522Stars & Interstellar Medium II
GLG 592Research
AST 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
GLG 692Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
PHY 792Research
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 493Honors Thesis
AST 499Individualized Instruction
Service
  • Earth and Space Exploration Day, outreach representative (2010 - Present)
  • Obama Scholars Program, Mentor (2010 - Present)
  • Dietz Museum, facilitator (2010 - Present)
  • NASA Astrobiology Institute, Proposal evaluation (2010 - Present)
  • Astrophysical Journal, referee (2010 - Present)
  • NASA Astrobiology Institute "Follow the Elements", content contributor, teacher trainer (2009 - Present)
  • Earthwatch Student Challenge Awards Program, PI (2008 - Present)
  • SESE Graduate Oversight Committee, Chair (2010 - 2011)
  • SESE Graduate Oversight Committee, chair (2009 - 2011)
  • SESE Graduate Oversight Committee, member (2008 - 2011)
  • Mars Education, Facilitator (2008 - 2009)