Patrick Young

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

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 493 Honors Thesis
SES 692 Research
PHY 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 194 Special Topics
PHY 194 Special Topics
AST 321 Intro/Planetary/Stellar Astrop
PHY 492 Honors Directed Study
PHY 493 Honors Thesis
PHY 495 Project Research
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
AST 111 Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
AST 494 Special Topics
AST 522 Stars & Interstellar Medium II
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
SES 792 Research
PHY 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
PHY 194 Special Topics
SES 194 Special Topics
AST 321 Intro/Planetary/Stellar Astrop
AST 499 Individualized Instruction
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
SES 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
AST 111 Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
GLG 592 Research
AST 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
AST 498 Pro-Seminar
AST 591 Seminar
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
PHY 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
AST 321 Intro/Planetary/Stellar Astrop
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
AST 111 Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
GLG 592 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
AST 494 Special Topics
AST 522 Stars & Interstellar Medium II
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
PHY 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
SES 493 Honors Thesis
AST 499 Individualized Instruction
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
AST 111 Intro/Solar Systems Astronomy
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
SES 492 Honors Directed Study
PHY 792 Research
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
AST 321 Intro/Planetary/Stellar Astrop
PHY 792 Research

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)