Pradip Gatkine

Astronomy Graduate Student
University of Maryland College Park

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July 2020 PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Maryland
2014-2016 M.S. in Astronomy, Univ. of Maryland
2010-2014 B. Tech. (Honors) in Mechanical Engineering with minor in Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay


2018-20 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship in Astrophysics Division, with three years of graduate research support
2019 Andrew S. Wilson Prize for Excellence in Research, University of Maryland College Park
2019 Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize awarded by the American Astronomical Society
2019 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award, University of Maryland College Park
2017 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship, for the prospect of long term contribution to the field of optics and photonics, International Society for Optics and Photonics
2016 Kulkarni Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship, Univ. of Maryland
2016 John Chi-Lin Wang Award for Academic Excellence, for best overall performance in grades, second-year project and qualifying exam, Dept of Astronomy, University of Maryland
2016 Best Student Presentation award at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, Edinburgh, UK
2016 Best Poster Award, Nanotechnology Day, University of Maryland
2014-15 Dean's Fellowship and Merit Fellowship, awarded to outstanding incoming graduate students, Univ. of Maryland
2011-14 Institute Technical Citation Award (2014), Institute Technical Color Award (2013) and Institute Technical Special Mention (2011 and 2012) from IIT Bombay for exceptional achievements in Technical Activities
2013 Summer Research Fellowship, awarded by Indian Academy of Sciences
2010 Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojna (Young Scientist Incentive Fellowship) awarded by Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India



2019 P. Gatkine, S. Vogel, S. Veilleux New Radio constraints on the obscured star formation rates of massive GRB hosts at z~2--3.5 , Submitted to The Astrophysical Journal
2019 P. Gatkine, S. Veilleux, A. Cucchiara The CGM-GRB Study. I. Uncovering The CircumGalactic Medium around GRB hosts at redshifts 2-6 , The Astrophysical Journal
2019 P. Gatkine, S. Veilleux, M. Dagenais Astrophotonic Spectrographs, Applied Sciences, MDPI
2018 Y. Hu, Y. Zhang, P. Gatkine et al. Characterization of Low Loss Waveguides Using Bragg Gratings, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
2017 P. Gatkine et al. Arrayed waveguide grating spectrometers for astronomical applications: new results, Optics Express 25 (15), 17918-17935
2016 T. Zhu, Y. Hu, P Gatkine, et al. Arbitrary On-chip Optical Filter Using Complex Waveguide Bragg Gratings, Applied Physics Letters 2016 108:10
2016 T. Zhu, Y. Hu, P. Gatkine, et al. Ultrabroadband High Coupling Effciency Fiber-to-Waveguide Coupler Using Si3N4/SiO2 Waveguides on Silicon, IEEE Photonics Journal, vol. 8, no. 5, 2016

Conference Papers

2019 P. Gatkine, et al. Astro2020: Astrophotonics White Paper, Submitted to National Academy of Sciences for Astro 2020 Decadal Survey
2018 P. Gatkine, et al. Towards a multi-input astrophotonic AWG spectrograph, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 10706, 2018
2018 Y. Hu, Y. Zhang, P. Gatkine, et al. An Efficient Approach to Characterize Low Loss Waveguides Using Bragg Gratings, Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, OSA, paper JW2A.65
2016 P. Gatkine, et al. Development of high-resolution arrayed waveguide grating spectrometers for astronomical applications: frst results, Proceedings of SPIE Volume 9912, article id 991271, 2016
2013 P. Gatkine, K. P. Ray, New Method for Asteroid Shape Detection using Spherical-segmentation Based Delay Doppler Analysis, International Radar Symposium, India 2013

Observing Proposals

NICER PI, Target of Opportunity, 40 ks, The unusual spectral and temporal evolution of a nearby GRB 190829A (2019)
NUSTAR PI, Target of Opportunity, 40 ks, The unusual spectral and temporal evolution of a nearby GRB 190829A (2019)
VLA PI, Semester 2020A, 26 hours, Tracing the Molecular Gas in GRB host galaxies at z > 2
VLA PI, Semester 2018B, 24 hours, Measuring the star formation rate of massive GRB hosts in the CGM-GRB sample
HST Co-I, Cycle 25, 6 orbits, Coordinated Far-Ultraviolet and Radio Observations of the Feedback Engine in Quasar Mrk 231
Keck Co-I, Semesters 2018B, 2019A, ToO Spectroscopy of Gravitational Wave Counterparts: Constraining the Origin of r-process Elements
DCT PI, Semesters 2019A (3 nights), 2019B (3 nights); Co-I 2018A (3 nights) Gamma-ray bursts and their host environments using the 4.3-m Discovery Channel Telescope

Mentoring & Leadership:

2018 Currently mentoring a UMD undergraduate student on building a near-infrared imaging system for on-chip photonic spectrographs
2018 Co-mentored two undergraduate students on Simulation and design of kilonova observations with James Webb Space Telescope as a part of GRAD-MAP Summer Scholars Program, University of Maryland
2018 Co-mentored three undergraduate students on GW170817 Evolution: Kilonova lightcurve and SED fitting as a part of GRAD-MAP winter school, University of Maryland
2017-18 Mentored two UMD undergraduates on building demonstrations of a spectrograph and a coronograph in astronomy as a part of SPIE Educational Outreach (as a PI, awarded $3000 grant)
2017 Mentored a pre-college student on Search for Lensed Transients in iPTF Survey as a part of End Time Harvest Ministries Program
2014 Led a 10-member team of Mars Society India, IIT Bombay in the development of a prototype mars rover and field trials at Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Expedition in Australia
2011 Mentored a four membered team for NASA Space Settlement Design Contest and was awarded Specialty Honorable Mention in Life Sciences category

Outreach & Service:

2018 Created and led the activity: Putting the Distant Worlds in the Right Spot at Maryland Day (3000+ visitors), as a part of SPIE Educational Outreach grant
2018 Served as Python bootcamp mentor at GRAD-MAP Winter workshop, Univ of MD
2017 Reviewer for Optics Express Journal
2016 Science popularization talk for high school students at College Park Academy, Maryland
2016 Volunteered at 4th USA Science and Engineering Festival as a Science Laser Spectacular exhibitor


2017-19 Guest lecture on Indian Space Program in the course Mars Exploration: Past, Present, Future, Instructor: Prof. Doughlas Hamilton
2019 Guest lecture in Astro 320: Theoretical Astrophysics, Instructor: Prof. Massimo Ricotti
2018 Guest lecture on Application of Markov Chain Monte Carlo method to spectroscopy in the course Practical Astrostatistics, Instructor: Prof. Cole Miller

Professional Talks:

2019 Afternoon Talk on Uncovering The Circumgalactic Medium around GRB hosts at redshifts 2-6, Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
2019 Lunch Talk on Uncovering The Circumgalactic Medium around GRB hosts at redshifts 2-6, Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge, UK
2019 American Astronomical Society 233rd Meeting (2019) in Seattle, Probing the circumgalactic medium in the early universe
2018 Astrophotonics Group Talk on Astrophotonic Spectrograph using Arrayed Waveguide Gratings, Australian Astronomical Observatory, Sydney
2018 Talk on On-chip Astrophotonic Spectrographs, Institute of Photonics and Optical Science, Univ of Sydney
2017 Talk on Astrophotonic instrumentation, Dept of Physics, Univ of Virgin Islands
2016 Astronomy Colloquium at Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, Nainital, India