Michael Zingale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, working in the Astronomy Group.
Before coming to Stony Brook, he was a postgraduate researcher in the Astronomy and Astrophysics department at UC Santa Cruz, working with the Supernovae Science Center. Zingale was formerly a research associate (and graduate student before that) at the Center on Astrophysical Thermonuclear Flashes at the University of Chicago, where he was a co-developer of the FLASH Code. He did his undergraduate at the University of Rochester.
His main research interests involve computational astrophysics (particularly the development of new hydrodynamics methods for low Mach number astrophysical flows) and nuclear astrophysics (in particular, studying anything that blows up). This work is done in collaboration with the Center for Computational Sciences and Engineering at LBL. Recently, he finished extending this low Mach number method to the full star, creating the Maestro code. This method is more general than the traditional anelastic method, as it can evolve finite-amplitude density and temperature perturbations to a hydrostatic background and can also evolve this background state in response to the local heating.