Assistant Professor Michael Coughlin has been awarded a 2024 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship

Coughlin was recognized for his research probing astrophysical explosions from merging neutron stars and black holes, which serve to measure the expansion rate of the Universe and properties of matter at the highest densities in the Cosmos. He is leading innovative efforts in both software and hardware development which will maximize the scientific return on these explosive events. A member of both the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory and the Zwicky Transient Facility, he uses both gravitational waves and light to study these events, providing leadership in this new era of multi-messenger astronomy
The Land-Grant Professorship comes with a monetary award which is to be used to further Coughlin's research.  The designation of “McKnight Land-Grant Professor” is held by recipients for a two-year period