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 Nikolaus Zen Prusinski

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI.

Bachelor of Science, Physics - Astronomy Emphasis, 2016 - Date

Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, 2016 - Date.

Full time University Student since Fall 2016 (age 15) pursuing Astrophysics, Mathematics and Music. Dean's Honor List 6/7 semesters, averaging 17-21 credits per semester. Current GPA: 3.937. Expected Graduation May 17, 2020. (Transcript)


Saint Francis High School, Saint Francis, WI.

Finished High School campus work in two years (ages 13 - 15) 2014 to 2016. Diploma Confered June, 2018, Valedictorian - Egregia Cum Laude.

Emphasis in Science, Math, Robotics & Music at the Honors/AP level. Gifted and Talented Program, Board Sponsored Youth Options started College at age 15 (2016) at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.  First in class rank with 4.548 GPA. (Transcript)


Deer Creek Intermediate School, Saint Francis, WI.

General Curriculum- IQ Tested, Added to Gifted and Talented Program - 2013 MENSA International invitation subsequent to above – skipped 8th Grade.

pgm certUniversity of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Online – Ed to Go)

Certificate of Completion - 2013

Introduction to Programming (Professor Richard Blum) in JustBasic Language, editing graphical interfaces.



Research Experience


Northwestern University

Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)

Nancy Aggarwal, Christopher Berry, Aaron Geller; Summer 2019 NSF REU

Research Project: Detecting Orphan Memory from Gravitational Waves

See Research Website for details


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Center for Gravitation, Cosmology, and Astrophysics (CGCA)

Prof. Dawn Erb, Summer 2017 - Date

Research Project: Galactic Star Formation Driven Outflows at 1 < z < 1.5

See Research Page for details


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Center for Gravitation, Cosmology, and Astrophysics (CGCA)

Prof. David Kaplan, 2016 - 2017 

Worked with group of undergraduate students through the Arecibo Remote Command Center at UWM (ARCC@UWM) to detect pulsars. Classified output of pulsar search pipeline, using PulsaR Exploration and Search TOolkit (PRESTO) plots, to determine if new pulsar had been found. Conducted remote observations from UWM with the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, collaborating with other institutions around the country.


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Hand Rehabilitation Laboratory

Dr. Na Jin Seo, 2012 - 2014

Designed, built, and programmed “Towerbot” Digital Filament Stimulator integral to Stroke Patient nerve regeneration. Worked with Dr. Na Jin Seo's team including Dr. Pilwon Hur, Dr. Greg Slota, and Kishor Lakshminarayanan over two years as special collaborator. Acknowledgment in final paper.




Nikolaus Prusinski, Dawn K. Erb, Crystal L. Martin. "Galactic Outflows and the Morphology of Star Formation at 1 < z < 1.5." Poster presentation at 235th American Astronomical Society (AAS) Meeting. January 6, 2020. Honolulu, HI.

Nikolaus Prusinski, Nancy Aggarwal, Christopher Berry. "Detecting Orphan Memory from Gravitational Waves." Poster presented at Adler Planetarium to general public. August 23, 2019. Chicago, IL.

Nikolaus Prusinski, Nancy Aggarwal, Christopher Berry. "Detecting Orphan Memory from Gravitational Waves." Poster presented at Northwestern to CIERA physics/astro faculty, students, and staff. August 22, 2019. Evanston, IL.

Nikolaus Prusinski, Dawn K. Erb, Crystal L. Martin. "Galactic-Scale Star Formation-Driven Outflows at 1 < z < 1.5 in the 3D-HST Survey." Poster presented at 11th annual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium. April 5, 2019. Milwaukee, WI.

Nikolaus Prusinski, Dawn K. Erb, Crystal L. Martin. "Galactic-Scale Star Formation-Driven Outflows at 1 < z < 1.5 in the 3D-HST Survey." Poster presented at 10th annual UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium. April 27, 2018. Milwaukee, WI.


Research Fellowships


Senior Excellence in Research Award (SERA)

Awarded for 2019-2020 Academic Year to continue research with Prof. Dawn Erb on star formation and galactic outflows.

One of seven UWM students chosen to serve as ambassador for undergraduate research. Presented work and experiences to local high school students and community members.

Northwestern University - Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA)

2019 Summer Researcher through NSF REU program (see Research Website)

Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Grants

Awards for: 2017-2018 Academic Year, Summer 2018, 2018-2019 Academic Year, Summer 2019

Poster Presentations at 2018, 2019 UWM Undergraduate Research Symposia.


Grants and Scholarships


James M. Martin Memorial Scholarship - for having the highest overall score in Modern Physics class - 2019

Chancellor Award - for academic excellence - 2018, 2019

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) Undergraduate Scholarship - 2018, 2019

Academic Excellence Scholarship - 2018, 2019

Hoye Scholarship - 2018

William L Walters Memorial Scholarship - 2018

Trustone Financial Scholarship - 2018

Saint Francis Civic Association Scholarship - 2018

UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium Scholarship - 2017

Joseph (Starr) Diny Scholarship - 2018


Honors and Awards


National Society of Academic Excellence Nomination - 2019

National Society of Collegiate Scholars Nomination - 2019

William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition Participant - 2017 - 2019

Member UWM Honors College - 2017 - 2019

Junior Honor Court, Saint Francis High School; June, 2017; Valedictorian.

FIRST AwardHigh Honor Roll – First in Class 4.548 GPA - 2014 - 2018

National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence Nomination - 2016

Named AP Scholar based on scores in AP classes, namely, AP Computer Science A, AP U.S. History, and AP Spanish Language and Culture (2015, age 14)

FIRST FTC Inspire Award - for Robotic Programming & Sensor Integration - 2015

USFIRST Certificate of Appreciation - for Inspiring Youth STEM 20112013


Teaching Experience


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader through the Student Success Center (SSC) at UWM. Tutoring calc-based E&M. - Fall 2019

Received CRLA's International Tutor Training Program Certification (Level 1) and Certificate of Appreciation from the SSC for Tutoring and SI during Fall semester.

Saint Francis High School

Tutor in RobotC, JAVA and C++, Python Programming Languages, Math and Music; individually and small groups.


Deer Creek Intermediate School

Lecturer – RobotC Programing Movement & Sensor Integration (FTC) - 2013 - 2014

Developed Syllabus and Course Material (PPS & MPG/AVI multimedia).

Instructor – FIRST FLL Mindstorms2 Programming 4th – 8th Graders - 2013

Developed Course(s) with 8th Grade Science Teacher (Mr. Peter Graven), Presented during school year and summer programs.

Demonstrator/Instructor – Zen42 Tetrix Sensor Robot - 2012 - 2015

Design, Build, Program and Present robots at Public Shows/Displays, Public Library Demonstrations, G. E. Campus, Waukesha, Wisconsin for Scouts and general public. Saint Francis Middle and High School, East Troy High School. Search “Zen42” on YouTube for examples.




UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium - 2015 - Date

Conduct weekly stargazing sessions at the UWM observatory. When cloudy, present live shows inside the planetarium on constellations, current astronomy news, and specific astronomical topics (e.g. black holes, birth of the universe, etc.). Fulfilled an opportunity as project lead to improve the UWM observatory to feature a 14" reflecting telescope on a permanent computerized mount with astrophotography capabilities using a CCD camera. This $18,500 project required sourcing telescope equipment, putting together the mount, and coordinating with university faculty and staff both in and outside of physics. Project's success mandated training and mentoring my replacements using the upgraded scope. Currently working with a student to observe transiting exoplanets using the CCD camera as part of an independent study research project.

UWM Astronomy Club - 2016 - Date

Presentations to physics undergrads on personal research projects and current astro news. Astronomy public outreach: Maker Faire Milwaukee (2019), Human Scale Sundial Project (2017), "Coffeeshop" Astrophysics (2017).


Media and Commentary


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 2015 - Date

"Changes at Yerkes Observatory, An Artifact of Wisconsin's Astronomical Glory Days," WUWM 89.7 - March 12, 2018

Manfred Olson Planetarium - Stargazing Group Leader

Planetarium Website Cover Piece and Bio - November 8th, 2016

CBS Channel 58 News Interview - 2017

Research Demonstration with CCD Camera Measuring Linearity, Read Noise, and Gain (Paper) - July 10th, 2017


Website: http://nzp.guru/

Create, design, produce, and publish text and video on to private/public servers and YouTube. Publish to share research activities, programming references, and recreational interests. - 2008 - Date.


Computer Skills


Languages: Python, Java, C, C++, Swift, Latex

Web Development: HTML, CSS

Applications: Mathematica, DS9, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, PTC Creo, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorkds, MS/Apple/Libre Office Suites, Xcode, Finale.

Operating Systems Linux/Unix, Mac OS, Windows, iOS, Android.


Memberships, Interests, and Volunteering


American Astronomical Society (AAS) Undergraduate Member - 2019 - Date

UWM Chancellor Recognition for Public Telescope Viewing during Solar Eclipse - 2017

UWM Planetarium Lead Stargazer - 2015 - Date

UWM Center for Gravitation Cosmology and Astrophysics (CGCA) - 2016 - Date

FAA Private Pilot – Single & Multi-Engine Fixed Wing Aircraft (Solo). - 2010 - Date

Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) Member - 2019 - Date

Great Lakes Sailor – Helm, Nav & Sheet Masthead Sloop “Paprika” - 2010 - Date

Musician (Orchestra Student) - French Horn, Piano, and Trumpet - 2008 - Date

Horn Participant; UWM Horn Choir, UWM Symphony Band, UWM University Community Orchestra, Milwaukee Municipal Orchestra - 2016 - Date

Positions of Interest with Requirements as goals (downloadable PDF's)

N900UAstrophysicist | Astrophysics Ast. Prof. |  Astronaut (pdf)  |  Airline Pilot | Decent Human | SpaceXpilot | Dr. Leo Stein | Stargazing2017





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