Matthew Route

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Senior Computational Scientist

YONG 904
(765) 49-60587
mroute@purdue.edu

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Matt joined Research Computing in late 2015, having previously worked at Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, where he served as a software system trade study lead and authored R&D proposals. As a member of the Research Computing team, Matt provides advanced user support to a wide variety of researchers at Purdue University. This includes consulting with faculty members about their research computing needs and developing solutions by leveraging his talents in scientific thinking, parallel computing, software design, development, and testing, and image processing. In particular, he enjoys providing detailed, domain-specific assistance to the Physics and Astronomy, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering departments.

In his spare time, Matt conducts research at the interface of observational and computational astrophysics. The focus of his efforts is to probe the relationships between stellar, solar, brown dwarf, and planetary magnetism. In 2016, together with his former advisor and current research colleague Alex Wolszczan (Penn State), Matt discovered the fastest-spinning brown dwarf, J1122+25. Recently, Matt proposed that cool, red dwarf stars and brown dwarfs have magnetic activity cycles like the Sun, suggesting that our understanding of how magnetism arises in stars needs to be revised. As part of the Magnetospheres Research Group at Purdue, Matt examines the non-thermal emission from various star systems with Maxim Lyutikov, and investigates star-planet interactions in various ''hot Jupiter'' exoplanetary systems.

Education

  • Ph.D., Astronomy and Astrophysics (Computational Science minor), Pennsylvania State University (2013)
  • M.A., Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University (2007)
  • B.A., Physics; Astronomy (Mathematics minor), University of Colorado at Boulder (2005)

Grants and Awards

  • AAS FAMOUS Travel Grant (2019)
  • Theodore Dunham, Jr. Grants for Research in Astronomy (2018)
  • Purdue Administrative & Professional Staff Advisory Committee (APSAC) Professional Development Grant (2016)

Engagement

  • NSF Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) Domain Champion for Aerospace, Astrophysics, and Planetary Sciences (2017-2020)
  • NSF XSEDE EMPOWER grant reviewer (2018-2020)
  • NASA panelist and external reviewer (2018-2020)
  • Undergraduate Research Conference Poster Symposium Judge, Purdue University (2018-2019)

Selected Publications

Presentations

  • Route, M., Looney, L. W., “The ROME Investigation of Star-Planet Interactions and Accretion within the HD 189733 System,” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 236, 231.02 (2020)
  • Route, M., “Intel Secure Key-Powered Radio-flaring Ultracool Dwarf Population Synthesis,” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 234, 207.01 (2019)
  • Route, M., Wolszczan, A., “The Arecibo Reconnaissance of Radio Emission from Nearby Extrasolar Planets,” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences, 46, 5, 210.17 (2014)
  • Wolszczan, A., Route, M., “The Arecibo Search for Radio Flares from LT Brown Dwarfs,” Protostars and Planets VI, 1K073 (2013)
  • Route, M., Wolszczan, A., “The Arecibo Search for Radio Flares from the Coolest Brown Dwarfs,” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 221, 158.26 (2013)
  • Nahm, A. L., Potter, S. L., Sayanagi, K. M., Diniega, S., Gil, S., Balcerski, J., Carande, B., Diaz-Silva, R., Fraeman, A. A., Hudson, J. S., Guzewich, S. D., Livi, R., Route, M., Urban, K. D., Vasisht, S., Williams, B., Budney, C. J., Lowes, L. L., “TASTER: Trojan ASteroid Tour, Exploration, and Rendezvous, a JPL Planetary Science Summer School Mission Design Exercise,” 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 1659 (2012)
  • Diaz-Silva, Sayanagi, K. M., Gil, S., Diniega, S., Balcerski, J., Benneke, B., Carande, B., Fraeman, A. A., Hudson, J. S., Guzewich, S. D., Livi, R., Nahm, A., Potter, S., Route, M., Urban, K. D., Vasisht, S., Williams, B., Budney, C. J., Lowes, L. L., “TASTER: Trojan ASteroid Tour, Exploration and Rendezvous, a NASA Planetary Science Summer School Mission Design Exercise,” American Geophysical Union, P23C-1723 (2011)