About Me

I’m Carl Rodriguez, an astrophysicist studying black holes, star clusters, and gravitational waves. This is my personal webpage, where I keep my CV, a list of publications, and a brief description of some of our group’s research.

I’m currently an assistant professor of Physics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.  Before that, I was a Pappalardo Fellow at MIT for three years, and an ITC Fellow at Harvard for a year.

I got my PhD from Northwestern University, studying the formation, dynamics, and gravitational-wave implications of black holes from dense star clusters.  I worked with Prof. Fred Rasio, studying how the core of black holes residing in the center of globular clusters can effect their long-term evolution, and how we could detect some of these black holes with the next generation of gravitational-wave telescopes.

I’m originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, but I went to Reed College in Portland, Oregon for undergrad before grad school in Chicago.  When not working, I spend my time biking, rock climbing, and backpacking (like the picture above, from Denali National Park).