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Viviana Acquaviva

Dr. Viviana Acquaviva is an astrophysicist using data science techniques to study the Universe. She received a Bachelor degree in Physics from the University of Pisa and a Ph. D. in Astrophysics from the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, and she held postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and Rutgers University before joining the faculty at the City University of New York in 2012. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Physics Department at the CUNY NYC College of Technology and at the CUNY Graduate Center, an associate member of the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute, a visiting research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, and a Harlow Shapley Visiting Lecturer for the American Astronomical Society. Viviana is passionate about supporting women and other underrepresented minorities in the pursuit of technology-related careers. She has been a mentor for over 20 undergraduate and graduate students, and a long-term volunteer and organizer in a program to teach mathematics for college credit to inmates in several correctional facilities in New Jersey. She is a sought-after speaker at Astronomy and Data Science conferences, as well as outreach and career development events. Viviana is enthusiastic about interdisciplinary research and cross-pollination between industry and academia, and she was a core proposer of her institution’s new major in Applied Computational Physics, for which she developed and taught the first “Machine Learning for Physics and Astronomy” course at CUNY. She is also co-founder and Data Science advisor at Enermodel, a NYC startup that employs machine learning algorithms to optimize energy usage and storage for commercial buildings. Last but certainly not least, she is the proud mom of a strong-minded toddler daughter.