Kimberly A Engle

Kimberly A Engle

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  • Curriculum Vitae

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Kimberly Engle received her B.S. in Astronomy from Case Western Reserve University in 1990. During her time at Case she worked in a biochemistry lab, assisted astronomy professors N. Sanduleak and C. B. Stephenson with their Northern Sky Survey by producing finders charts, and performed research in cosmic string theory in Dr. Robert Brown's group. After a brief stay at Pennsylvania State University which included an observing run to Cerro Tololo to observe planetary nebulae and study these objects as distance scale indicators, she began graduate school at Drexel University.

    Kimberly's studies of Physics and Astrophysics with Dr. Steve McMillan culminated with a PhD thesis in 1999 entitled "Numerical Simulations of Globular Clusters." Because her thesis required a great deal of computing power, in grad school she began learning about specialized methods for writing "fast" code (i.e. programming using parallel computing languages) and for creating hardware with built-in code. This research imparted Kimberly with computer experience on a variety of operating systems and using many computer languages and software packages, both scientific and general.

    This combined science and computer experience led to her position in the Astrophysics Science Division as a computer systems administrator and part-time astrophysicist. Her current research involves examining the infrared properties BAT-selected AGN.


    Active Galactic Nuclei: x-rays, infrared
    Black Holes


    Studying infrared spectra of BAT-selected AGN using proprietary Spitzer data
    Lead computer network and security administrator
    Lead administrator for installing and maintaining astronomical data analysis packages and related software
    Alternate Computer Security Officer for ASD (Code 660)

    Positions and Appointments

    Computer Systems Administrator, Astrophysicist
    ADNET (SESDA II contract)


    PhD Physics, Drexel University, "Numerical Simulations of Globular Clusters", 1999
    M.S. Physics, Drexel University, 1994
    B.S. Astronomy, Case Western Reserve University 1990


    "Mid-IR Properties of an Unbiased AGN Sample of the Local Universe. I. Emission-Line Diagnostics," Weaver, K., Melendez, M., Mushotzky, R., Kraemer, S., Engle, K., Malumuth, E., Tueller, J., Markwardt, C., Berghea, C., Dudik, R., Winter, L. Armus, L., ApJ, submitted November 2009.

    "Spitzer Observations of an Unbiased AGN Sample of the Local Universe," Melendez, M., Weaver, K. A., Mushotzky, R., Tueller, J., Markwardt, C., Kraemer, S., Malumuth, E., Armus, L. Berghea, C. Engle, K., Dudik, R., Winter, L. 2009AAS...21342110M.

    "Atmospheric Reflection during an Anomalous Low State of Hercules X-1," Still, M., O'Brien, K., Horne, K., Boroson, B., Titarchuk, L., Engle, K., Vrtilek, S., Quaintrell, H., Fiedler, H., 2000, ApJ 554:352.

    "Dynamical evolution of star clusters: confrontation of theory and observations: proceedings of the 174th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union," held in Tokyo, Japan, August 22-25, 1995. Edited by Piet Hut and Junichiro Makino. Published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, p. 379.

    "Planetary Nebulae as Distance Scale Indicators", Ciardullo, R. B. & Engle, K.A. 1991, AAS Meeting 177.

    "General two-harmonic cosmic string", 1990, Physical Review D, D41, 1775.

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