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Adam Brazier
Computational Scientist

Adam Brazier

Adam joined the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing in 2014 and is a member of the consulting group. He has been working in research at Cornell since 2005, first as a Research Associate in the Astronomy Department and then an Astronomy Programmer at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center and latterly Science Software Architect for the CCAT Telescope project. With a focus on the computational, and data-intensive aspects of research at all stages of the research lifescycle, Adam is a member of the international North American Nanohertz Obversatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav) and the PALFA pulsar survey collaboration.

Send email or phone 607.255.1733.

Areas of Research or Expertise

  • Database Design and Usage in Scientific Applications
  • Data Management for scientific data, including large or complex datasets
  • Scientific computing environments including cloud
  • Education in Computing and Physical Sciences
  • Scientific workflow design and implementation
  • Requirements elicitation, systems and software architecture
  • Web Services


  • NSF Aristotle Cloud Federation Science Teams Lead
  • Data Management and Cyberinfrastructure for the NANOGrav consortium
  • Data Management and workflow mediation for PALFA

Selected Publications and Presentations (fuller listing here)

A repeating fast radio burst
Spitler, L.G., et al
Nature, Volume 531, Issue 7593, pp. 202-205 (2016)
The Einstein@Home Search for Radio Pulsars and PSR J2007+2722 Discovery"
Allen, B. et al
Astrophys.J. 773 (2013), 91, 32 pp.
Limits on the Stochastic Gravitational Wave Background from the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves
P. Demorest et al
Astrophys.J. 762 (2013) 175
Pulsar Discovery by Global Volunteer Computing"
B. Knispel et al.
Science, 329 (2010)

Education and qualifications


PhD, Theoretical Quantum Mechanics, Imperial College London, London, UK
M.Sc. Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces, Imperial College London, London, UK
B.Sc., Physics and Philosophy, King's College London, London, UK


Professional Certificate in classroom teaching, Physics, grades 7-12 (New York State Education Department)
PostGraduate Certificate in Education, King's College London, London, UK

Memberships/Professional Affiliations

American Astronomical Society (AAS)

Personal Interests

Running, cycling, reading, board games