> Michele Vallisneri
He obtained his PhD in physics at the California Institute of Technology in 2002. His research spans the detection and interpretation of gravitational waves with LIGO, in space, and with pulsar timing. He is an expert in data analysis, Bayesian inference, and computational physics, and he believes that elegant, transparent programming can illuminate the hardest problems. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.