I am currently an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Department of Physics and Astronomy. I received my B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 and 2011, respectively. From 2011 to 2015, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at McGill University. See CV here
For interested students, and more detailed information about my research and the radio astronomy instrumentation lab, see the WVURAIL site http://wvurail.org/
My interests are in disovering the mysteries of the universe. In particular I seek to better understand Dark Energy, the name given to the driver of the accelerated expansion of our universe.
This has led me to focus on building wide-field survey Radio Astronomy instruments in order to better understand our universe, such as CHIME.
CHIME (Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment) is a new radio telescope being constructed at the Dominion Radio Observatory
in Penticton, BC Canada. It will be the largest Canadian Radio telescope. The instrument will survey the entire sky, and measure
the Neutral Hydrogen distribution on the largest scales across history to better understand how the universe evolves. It will also
search the sky for radio transients, monitoring known pulsars, and searching for new transient sources, known as fast radio bursts (FRBs).
Modern Radio Telescopes have huge digital signal processing requirements that lead to developing new custom hardware. The ICEboard was designed to enable the enormous bandwidth and computation required to make the CHIME telescope possible.
DSPIRA (Digital Signal Processing in Radio Astronomy) is a research experience for teachers site.
See the DSPIRA site here for more information and to apply!.
kevin [dot] bandura [at] mail [dot] wvu [dot] edu
109 Research Way
West Virginia University
Morgantown WV, 26506