Dr. Maria Hamilton grew up in Romania, where she pursued a degree in physics at the University of Iasi. In grad school, she started out in solid state physics before switching to general relativity. After Ph.D., she taught physics to engineering students at two Universities in Romania. While at a conference in US, she was offered a post-doc at the University of Pittsburgh, to work on simulations of gravitational waves sources. After that she took a professorship at Marshall University, in WV, where is currently teaching physics and does research on black holes and gravitational waves. Dr. Hamilton solves Einstein’s equations of general relativity numerically to create templates for the signal that can be used by gravitational wave observatories.