William East

Gravitational Physics

Curriculum Vitae

A pdf version of my full CV can be found here.


  1. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ USA
    1. Ph.D., Physics (expected graduation date: July 2013)
      • Adviser: Professor Frans Pretorius
    2. M.A., Physics, January 2010
  2. Stanford University, Stanford, CA USA
    1. B.S., Mathematics and Physics, June 2008
      • with Honors in Physics, Conferred with Distinction


  1. Princeton University
    1. Ray Grimm Memorial Prize in Computational Physics, 2013
  2. National Science Foundation
    1. Graduate Research Fellowship, 2008-2011
  3. Stanford University
    1. Deans' Award for Academic Accomplishment, 2008
    2. President's Award for Academic Excellence, 2005


  1. Accepted

    1. W.E. East and F. Pretorius "Simulating extreme-mass-ratio systems in full general relativity" Phys. Rev. D 87, 101502(R) (2013)
    2. W.E. East and F. Pretorius "Ultrarelativistic black hole formation" Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 101101 (2013)
    3. W.E. East, S.T. McWilliams, J. Levin, and F. Pretorius "Observing complete gravitational wave signals from dynamical capture binaries" Phys. Rev. D 87, 043004 (2013)
    4. W.E. East and F. Pretorius "Dynamical Capture Binary Neutron Star Mergers" Astrophys. J. Letters Vol 760, L4 (2012)
    5. W.E. East, F.M. Ramazanoglu, and F. Pretorius "Conformal thin-sandwich solver for generic initial data" Phys. Rev. D 86, 104053 (2012)
    6. W.E. East, F. Pretorius, and B.C. Stephens "Hydrodynamics in full general relativity with conservative AMR", Phys. Rev. D 85, 124010 (2012)
    7. W.E. East, F. Pretorius, and B.C. Stephens "Eccentric black hole-neutron star mergers: Effects of black hole spin and equation of state", Phys. Rev. D 85, 124009 (2012)
    8. B.C. Stephens, W.E. East, and F. Pretorius "Eccentric Black-hole-Neutron-star Mergers", Astrophys. J. Letters Vol 737, L5 (2011)
    9. V. Petrosian and W.E. East "Heating and Acceleration of Intracluster Medium Electrons by Turbulence", Astrophys. J. Vol 682, 175 (2008)


  1. "Dynamical Capture Compact Binary Mergers", UIUC Theoretical Astrophysics and GR seminar, Dec. 12, 2012; Perimeter Institute Strong gravity seminar, Nov. 22, 2012; Harvard CFA, Nov. 9 2012; Caltech TAPIR seminar, Oct. 26, 2012; and Cornell Astrophysics lunch seminar, Oct 24, 2012.
  2. "Eccentric Compact Object Mergers", APS April Meeting, April 1, 2012.
  3. "Eccentric Black Hole-Neutron Star Mergers", Eastern Gravity Meeting at Princeton University, June 3, 2011.
  4. "Simulations of eccentric BH-NS mergers in full GR: Part II", APS April Meeting, May 2, 2011.
  5. "Ultra-relativistic neutron star collisions", Eastern Gravity Meeting at NC State University, May 22, 2010.

Professional Experience

  1. Keystream Corporation, Mountain View, CA USA
    1. Algorithms Intern, April 2008 to August 2008

Technical Skills

  1. Programming: C, C++, Fortran, Python, Java, and Matlab