Richers_featureFor Sherwood, astrophysics has been a life-long passion. A fascination with the universe has led him thus far to work on simulations of accretion disks around black holes, observations of super-massive black hole jets, and even ultrafast atomic physics and carbon nanotubes en route to a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Virginia. He is presently a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow and a graduate student in physics at Caltech, where he studies supernova explosion mechanisms using computer simulations. Sherwood also has a drive to share the perspective gained from the current understanding of the universe, and has given popular talks at schools to encourage thinking outside the sphere of our Earth.